After receiving orthodontic treatment, whether it be braces or Invisalign, you will need to wear dental retainers. The retainers ensure that your teeth stay in alignment and do not shift back to their original position.  For most patients, getting retainers is the last step of their treatment plan. To learn more about the orthodontic services offered at Columbia Town Center Orthodontics, contact us today to make an appointment or schedule a consultation.

What Are Dental Retainers? 


Dental retainers are the last phase of orthodontic treatment. As your orthodontist in Columbia, MD, we will recommend using retainers to ensure that your teeth do not shift back into their former position. You can trust us to recommend the best type of retainer to maintain your new perfect smile. Treatments such as metal braces and Invisalign create the beautiful smile you have been dreaming about, and the proper use of the recommended dental retainers allows you to maintain that smile so that it remains perfect for years to come.

Wearing your dental retainers not only helps to keep your teeth straight, but it is also important for your oral health. Straighter teeth are easier to clean, minimizing the build-up of plaque and risk of cavities. In short, straighter teeth are healthier teeth. They can also allow you to chew more effectively.

Instructions for Dental Retainers

You will be instructed on how to wear your retainers. It is also important to keep your retainers clean. When you are not wearing your retainers, always keep them in a retainer case. When not in your mouth, retainers are easily damaged or broken, especially if dropped, tossed, or grabbed by a playful pet. 

Please bring your retainers to every appointment with your orthodontist. Do not attempt to adjust them yourself. If you lose your dental retainers or break them, call our office immediately to get a replacement. While replacements are expensive, retainers can last for years if you care for them correctly. 

Contact Columbia Town Center Orthodontics

To learn more about dental retainers in Columbia, MD, contact the experts at Columbia Town Center Orthodontics. We’re committed to the long term health and appearance of your smile. For more information, call us today at 410.873.9242