Orthodontic Retention

You’ve worked hard for your beautiful smile; keep it that way!

Finally, your braces have been removed and your smile is beautiful, straight, and best of all, metal-free! However, your orthodontic journey isn’t quite completed.

To keep your smile looking its best, you’ll have to wear a retainer to preserve and stabilize your results. Retainers are needed to control or limit potential changes in tooth position. They are used after braces treatment to hold teeth in their correct alignment while the surrounding gums, bone, and muscle adjust to the new positioning of your teeth.

Types of Retainers

Retainers are custom-made and can be removable or fixed.

  • Traditional removable retainers typically include a metal wire that surrounds the front teeth and is attached to an acrylic arch that sits in the roof of the mouth. The metal wires can be adjusted to finish treatment and continue minor movement of the front teeth as needed.
  • Aligner-style retainers, or Essix retainers, look similar to clear aligners and offer a more aesthetic alternative to wire retainers. This clear retainer may fit over the entire arch of your teeth, or only from canine to canine (clip-on retainer). It is produced from a mold of your newly aligned teeth.
  • Fixed retainers consist of wires bonded behind the bottom and/or top teeth. Although the device is usually required no more than a year after wisdom teeth have been extracted, it is often kept in place for life.

Pros and Cons

  • Removable retainers can be taken out for eating and hygiene routines.
  • Removable retainers can get lost easily, so remember to keep yours in the case whenever you remove it to eat or brush.
  • A fixed retainer is preferable if you don’t want to keep track of it, or you don’t want to worry about how many hours per day it must be worn.
  • Teeth with fixed retainers require a little extra attention to remove tartar while flossing. Patients with fixed retainers often must use floss threaders to pass dental floss through the small spaces between the retainer and the teeth.
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from Royal Oak
Dr. Bruno was very through. He explained things very well by answering all of my questions in a professional manner. I liked that if Dr. Bruno wasn't sure on something, that he was honest about it and answered it truthfully.
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from Clawson
Very comfortable having my son see you with the current guidelines.
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from Troy
Dr. Bruno seems very attentive knowledgeable and staff is friendly.
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from Birmingham
Such a great ortho experience
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from Rochester Hills
Dr. Bruno and the staff always do a fantastic job! Thank you.
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from Berkley
Always great service!
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from southfield
Congenial and professional doctor and staff, always. Have appreciated the reminders and flexibility, and just overall personable nature of everyone there. Thank you. I'll do my best to keep Ryan Stottlemyer wearing his retainers at night!
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from Clawson
Very smooth process. Good communication.
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from Washington
Always love my visits to the office! Staff is super friendly and Dr. Bruno is the best. As an adult in her 50’s who went through braces I can’t recommend this office to enough people! Dr. Bruno worked with my dentist and my periodontist and everyone was on the same page. Thanks Dr. Bruno and you amazing staff!
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from Birmingham
Outstanding employees! Highly recommend
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from Clawson
Thank you for the all of wonderful care from Dr. Bruno , and his staff .
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from Clawson
Dr Bruno, and staff have always been very professional, and wonderful job.
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from ROYAL OAK
We were pleased with the entire staff for all the work that was done. They were very friendly and professional.
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from Troy
I enjoyed talking with the front desk staff and the ortho team. I appreciated how Dr. Bruno talked about Dr. Greenlee since I was a former patient of his.
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from Clawson
It was good
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from Pleasant Ridge
We are very happy with the work you are doing with our kids
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from Pleasant Ridge
Always on time. Very thorough with explanations related to treatments or billing. Use of modern technology makes scheduling and contacting staff easy.
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from Oak park
We had a great experience, as always!
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from Royal Oak
Great first impression of the staff. The office is nice and clean while the staff were very professional.
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from Clawson
We are so happy to be with you all! Dr. Bruno and the entire staff are amazing!
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from Royal Oak
Friendly staff.
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from Royal Oak
Great experience. Great staff and wonderful orthodontist!
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from warren
My daughter feels very comfortable when she goes for her appointments
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from Royal Oak
Always amazing!
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from Grosse Pointe Farms
Love Dr. Bruno and the entire team.
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from Troy
Dr. Bruno and the girls are awesome. Love everybody and happy to recommend them! Definitely love the vibe and easy to schedule with them. Highly recommend!
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from Oak park
It’s always a great experience. The staff are professional and courteous. They do wonderful work.
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from Warren
Always friendly!!!
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from Clawson
Always such a great experience! The staff feels like family.
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from Berkley
Happy with the care our child receives with his braces
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