Once your braces are removed, you will need to wear a retainer to ensure that your teeth stay in their new position. To service the needs of our many patients, Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign offers several high-quality retainer options. You will also have the choice between a fixed or removable retainer. This is a personal choice, but our skilled orthodontists will guide you along the way and discuss all your options thoroughly. Whatever you decide, you can rest assured that your retainer will protect the investment you made in time and money during your orthodontic treatment by preventing teeth shifting. We love serving our local Kentucky communities through outstanding orthodontic care. Call any one of our 7 locations so we can help you maintain that gorgeous new smile.
"I was patient of Dr Durbin 22 years ago ( I was in 8th grade). I got my braces off in 2000! I not only get compliments on my smile nearly every where I go, I also have had zero shifting. He placed a permanent retainer on and 22 years later it’s perfectly intact. I have never had to have any work on my retainer! My dentist compliment what a great job was done on my retainer and how well cleaned it is. If you are looking for a excellent orthodontist look no further. I rarely write reviews but I can’t say enough good things about Dr Durbin & his team."- A.I. / Google / Feb 13, 2022
"Dr Durbin in Clear Choice orthodontics is nothing short of one of the nicest and most professional men I've ever met. He is always on top of the most current dental work. I received the Herbst (spelling?) appliance when I was in middle school and later braces on top and bottom. Many ppl didn't even know what that appliance was, but I loved it since it took place of head gear but was all internal to move my jaw forward and to the side. Before I ever got it, we watched very information DVD on it and how to best take care of it. In the end, My braces were on for much, much shorter time than my friends (despite my original teeth being messed up worse than their's!) and the best part - I didn't have to have repeat braces years later as many of my friends did (who went elsewhere for ortho treatment)! Since then, I have had my permanent retainer on top and bottom for 13 ears and it has been a breeze getting it fixed the few times it popped off (which doesn't happen often, but any "cement" on your teeth is bound to let loose over that length of time, and you want that bc it allows thorough cleaning behind the cement). My teeth are still in great shape, which is very important for me! I love how they are a bit more flat on the front than most, and the bottom of them were filed a tiny bit to be all as much as the same length as possible. I feel confident that not only did I receive the best possible ortho care, but that I received the best time while getting the smile I wanted! Going to the office was always a treat bc everyone is so light hearted and funny! My mom and Dr Durbin always had a good time talking as the metal was moved around my mouth as a kid- he is quite the cut up! I Love his jokes and definitely his UK room in the lex office! It is a laid back atmosphere unlike any other. I also love their before and after photos of each patient which made me feel important. I truly can't say enough good things about the Godly man Dr Durbin is, as well as his hospital staff at all locations who always make me feel like family. If you want a smile you'll love for years, check out this place !"- M.M. / Facebook / Jan 01, 2022
"I was patient of Dr Durbin 22 years ago ( I was in 8th grade). I got my braces off in 2000! I not only get compliments on my smile nearly every where I go, I also have had zero shifting. He placed a permanent retainer on and 22 years later it’s perfectly intact. I have never had to have any work on my retainer! My dentist compliment what a great job was done on my retainer and how well cleaned it is. If you are looking for a excellent orthodontist look no further. I rarely write reviews but I can’t say enough good things about Dr Durbin & his team."- A.I. / Google / Feb 19, 2022
"They did a wonderful making my smile perfect. They placed my permanent retainer in 2008 and my teeth have not moved out of line since. Also, Dr. Durbin and his staff are wonderful to work with."- C.J. / Google / Jul 30, 2022
"When i was 14 years old i was in a car accident and was told by several orthodontists that i would loose all 7 of my broken teeth, that they was dead. Doctor Durbin gave me hope again. He brought me in and gave me the best orthodontic experience i have ever had. It feels like i started my invisalign journey yesterday and with zero pain I have my permanent retainers and a smile that says a million words. I owe him and his team so very much! Now I get to watch my sister light up knowing that her over crowded mouth will be perfection in such a short time. Thank you from the Coffey family!"- V.C. / Facebook / Jan 01, 2022
About the Procedure
At our orthodontics office, we offer our patients 3 different types of retainers (based on the patient's needs), a Hawley retainer, clear retainer, or a fixed retainer. A Hawley retainer (the most common type of retainer) is molded for the roof of the mouth (the top arch) and the backs of the teeth (the bottom arch), and is made up of molded wires, clasps, and plastic. A clear retainer is inconspicuously worn just like an Invisalign aligner, and can be removed from the mouth very easily. A fixed retainer cannot be taken out of the mouth, and is bonded to the back of the teeth on both arches.
What to Expect
Once you have your braces removed from your teeth, you can be fitted for your retainer. We will make an impression of your mouth post-orthodontic treatment and send it off to a dental laboratory to be made. Once your retainer is ready, approximately 1 – 2 weeks later, we will schedule a fitting appointment. During this time, our orthodontists will make sure that your retainer is comfortable before sending you home.
With proper maintenance and regular inspections, your retainer should last a very long time. However, as the years progress and normal wear and tear occurs, your retainer may need to be replaced. In the meantime, you should practice routine cleaning and safely store your retainer when not in use. If your retainer is damaged or lost, call our office immediately to receive a replacement.
Do I really have to wear a retainer?
Yes, you do. Because your orthodontic treatment shifted your teeth, they left behind small pockets in your gums that will eventually be filled in with new tissue. However, to ensure that your teeth don't shift as this natural healing process happens, you'll need to wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile.
How long will I need to wear a retainer?
In the first 4 – 6 months after you get your orthodontics removed, you'll have to wear your retainer all day, every day, removing it only to eat and brush and floss. After about two years, you can start wearing your retainer only at night. After about two years, you may be able to go every other day. As you return for your regular dental checkup at Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign, we will examine your teeth and give you recommendations for wearing your retainer.
How do I care for my retainer?
Caring for a retainer is as easy as brushing your teeth. You simply need to brush it under warm water once a day. You can also soak it for a short period in mouthwash to further help prevent bacteria from growing on it. When not wearing (or soaking) your retainer, it should be properly stored in its case.
What happens if I lose my retainer?
If you lose your retainer, simply call our office as soon as possible, and we can quickly have a replacement made.
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Retain Your New Smile
Rejoice in the fact that your orthodontic treatment is over! Now that your smile is better than ever, we want you to keep your pearly whites in their new position for as long as possible. This is why we offer retainers to hold your teeth in their new position and prevent regression. At our orthodontics office, we have several options available for your retainers. Call any of our locations in Nicholasville, Georgetown, Richmond, Winchester, Lexington, Owingsville, or Mount Sterling. We can set-up an appointment for you to meet with Dr. Durbin.
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