Orthodontist located in Fairfax, VA

Retainers services offered in Fairfax, VA

Once you complete your orthodontic treatment, retainers offer the chance to preserve those results. Residents in and around Fairfax, Virginia, rely on Kristin Nelson, DDS, MDS, of Metropolitan Orthodontics for excellent retainers that will keep you smiling. Book your visit today using the easy online scheduling tool or by calling to check appointment availability. 

Retainers Q&A

What are retainers?

Retainers are orthodontic devices used to prevent teeth from shifting out of position after you complete orthodontic care. There are two primary types of retainers: fixed and removable. 

Fixed retainers

A fixed retainer is secured to the back of your teeth. These options don’t require you to remember to place your retainer, and there is no risk of losing the retainer. Fixed retainers require a bit more effort in brushing and flossing around the device. 

Removable retainers

Removable retainers are placed over your teeth for a certain period of time each day, often overnight. Some options include an acrylic molded portion and a wire that holds teeth in place, while others are similar to clear aligner trays and snap over all visible surfaces of your teeth. 

Regardless of the type of retainer you choose, wearing it as prescribed is essential. Even the best retainer can’t do its job when it isn’t in your mouth. 

How do I know if I need to wear a retainer?

Almost everyone who goes through orthodontic treatment needs to wear a retainer for a time after finishing the active phase of treatment. That’s because your teeth can shift once your braces are off or you no longer wear clear aligners. 

Eventually, the bone, gums, muscles, and connective tissues that hold your teeth in place will adjust to the post-treatment positioning. At that point, you won’t need the retainer to preserve your treatment outcomes.

Are fixed retainers a better option than removable retainers?

Removable retainers make it easier to thoroughly clean your teeth because there are no metal components to work around. However, it’s imperative to comply with Dr. Nelson’s instructions for removable retainers to work. 

If you’re concerned that compliance might be a problem, a fixed retainer might be a better option. Because you cannot remove these retainers, there is no chance of your teeth moving out of alignment. 

When you arrive for your next visit, ask Dr. Nelson for more information about which type of retainer is the best fit for your needs. Booking your visit is fast and easy with online or phone options.