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Retainers

Keeping teeth in line.

Following orthodontic treatment, we always recommend you wear a retainer to prevent teeth drifting back to their former position.

Removable retainers

These are similar to very thin gum shields and, as they are custom-made, they fit very snugly over your teeth to keep them in position.

The risk of movement is highest just after your braces have been taken off, so during the first six months after removal, you should wear your retainer every night. After this time, we will check your bite and teeth, and let you know whether you can reduce the length of time you need to wear your retainer.

You should ensure your teeth are thoroughly cleaned before wearing your retainer. You also need to keep the retainer itself clean and fresh, using a firm toothbrush and cold water. Don’t use toothpaste as it may cause the retainer to discolour or become brittle, and hot water may distort it.

We will provide you with a handy storage box so you can keep your retainer safe and secure when you’re not wearing it.

Fixed retainers

A fixed retainer is a thin metal wire bonded to the back of your upper or lower incisor teeth and occasionally this can extend onto the canines. It is an unobtrusive and reliable way to keep your front teeth perfectly in line.

If orthodontic treatment is carried out while you are still a teenager, a fixed retainer will be kept in place until you have stopped growing, usually at around 21 years old. If you have treatment as an adult then the fixed retainer should be left in place indefinitely or at least for as long as possible.

It’s important to brush over your retainer as part of your normal oral care routine and you can also use a special type of floss (Superfloss) between teeth. Thorough cleaning will prevent the build-up of plaque around the retainer, which could lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

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  • “I skipped on having braces as a child and took the plunge when I was 28 as this was holding me back with my confidence. At first, I wondered what people would think of a grown man with braces, but I am pleased to say this had no impact at all and I never really noticed that I had them. I thoroughly recommend Colchester Orthodontic Centre to my friends, family and anybody else thinking about having treatment.”
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  • “After over 2 years of impeccable TLC from Colchester Orthodontic Centre my daughter is now able to show off the smile she has always deserved! Mr Davies was able to advise us with his wealth of experience as to what was needed, and the result is proof that they clearly know how to look after their client’s needs and ensure the best result at the end of the journey!”
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  • My Invisalign experience with Colchester Orthodontic Centre was fab. I was supported the whole way through and given many options and I am now really happy with my teeth. The Invisalign aligners are very comfortable and discreet. I would definitely recommend Invisalign treatment at Colchester Orthodontic Centre.”
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  • “You can make the most of your teeth at any age. Sometimes mature years can make you feel awkward attending the orthodontist, although I have been encouraged and treated with care and attention at every appointment. I try to maintain my teeth as best I can and I have received the very best care you could wish for. I started out feeling reluctant to smile. I am now very happy to smile at any occasion and feel grateful to the wonderful team at Colchester Orthodontic Centre, the whole team treat you with professional care and kindness.”
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