After Treatment

When treatment is over

Everyone looks forward to the big day when the braces come off! It is the end of a lengthy commitment, and the culmination of all the effort invested by both the patient and the orthodontist.

The final phase may last from 3 weeks to 6 months, and usually includes using rubber bands to help teeth and jaws achieve maximum fit. It is a crucial time when final adjustments determine ideal results and when attention to detail achieves your perfect smile and most comfortable bite.

At your final appointment, a hygienist will remove the braces, polish tooth surfaces where the braces were attached, and make impressions for retainers, take photos and one final x-ray.

You will leave the office with an appointment to return in a week to receive your retainer and you will do so with a big, bright, beautiful new smile!

The retainer phase is simpler but every bit as important as the active treatment phase. The retainer is designed to prevent unwanted tooth movement and is custom fitted for your comfort.

To guide your progress, our office will determine how you should wear it, how often and for how long. You will come back and be examined from time to time to make sure all is going well. All you have to do is follow some simple rules.

Here are the types of retainers Dr. Kadar provides for his patients:

Clear retainer

Most patients can wear a clear retainer. Designed to fit directly over teeth, it resembles a thin version of the moldable mouth guard, and is invisible to everyone but you. The retainer must be worn 24 hours a day for the first 14 days. After the full-time period is over, you’ll need to wear your retainer every night for about 10-12 hours, or until instructed otherwise by the Doctor.

You’ll receive 2 sets of clear retainers. One is for daytime, and the other is for nighttime wear.

Caring for your clear retainer:

Active Clear Retainer

The Active Clear Retainer (ACR) moves your teeth into a better, more attractive position. To be effective, it must be worn and taken care of as directed by the Doctor.

Your teeth will feel sore for about 3 days. This is a sign that they’re beginning to become your new and brighter smile. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to alleviate any discomfort.

Caring for your ACR:

Bonded retainer (also called Permanent retainer)

The bonded retainer prevents the recurrence of mild to severe crowding or spacing on the front teeth. It's a thin wire that's glued to the tongue-side of the front teeth, similar to the way braces are applied. Because of this, you can eat and brush your teeth without removing it!

The bonded retainer can be worn for years, and removed at your request. However, it requires proper flossing and brushing techniques to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Caring for your bonded retainer:

Hawley Retainer

This retainer is designed with an acrylic piece that fits perfectly on the roof of your mouth, or under your tongue. Your teeth are held in position by a metal wire that runs along the front of the teeth from canine to canine.

Hawley retainers keep spaces between teeth from reopening, and may need to be adjusted in the first few months to make sure they’re stabilized. Full-time wear is required at first, followed by nighttime wear as instructed by the Doctor.

Caring for your Hawley retainer: