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Orthodontic Retention

Woman with Retainer in the Case Marietta GA

Arguably the most difficult phase of orthodontic treatment, retention is the final step designed to maintain teeth in their corrected position, and most often includes the use of a retainer to prevent teeth from moving into their pre-treatment position. Because teeth are always responding to forces, there are complexities regarding orthodontic retention, as it hinges upon the dynamics of teeth and facial muscles, as well as the tongue, lips and cheeks.

The primary aim of orthodontic retention is to stabilize the teeth as corrected, while minimizing unwanted dental movements. To do so, orthodontic specialists often recommend wearing a retainer for 22 hours each day for at least six months, depending on the patient’s malocclusion, the results obtained and the perceived potential for relapse. After six months, a majority of patients transition to wearing their retainer at nighttime only. Yet, when it comes to controlling the tooth’s movements, there is not a cookie-cutter approach. In fact, some orthodontists advocate for lifetime retention. Why? In short, it is difficult to predict how teeth with react over time. Moreover, this is further complicated by the eruption of wisdom teeth and other forms of “jaw remodeling” that occur naturally with age. In turn, other factors such as periodontal gum disease, bruxism and injury can change the positioning of teeth.

The Right Retainer For You

Variations of dental and orthodontic appliances exist, yet only an orthodontic specialist can determine which is the right retainer for you. In many cases, patients will wear a top retainer that is removable, while the bottom retainer is a fixed type consisting of a stabilizing wire placed on the inside of teeth (tongue side). This is because lower anterior teeth are more likely to move following treatment. Additionally, orthodontists can make adjustments to bottom retainers to better suit patients. For example, if a previous misalignment included a bottom tooth rotation, the wire can be bonded to the tooth to ensure that it will not rotate during the retention phase.

Orthodontic Specialist – Dr. William R. Kincer

As a trusted orthodontic specialist serving West Cobb and Marietta communities for over 30 years, Dr. William R. Kincer welcomes you to his family-friendly practice, where you’ll discover customized orthodontic solutions to improve your smile. Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Posted on behalf of William R. Kincer, D.M.D., P.C.

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Our Patient Reviews

William R. Kincer, D.M.D., P.C.

5.0/ 5.0

Based on 19 reviews

  • We are beyond thankful for Dr. Kincer and his team!! Dr. Kincer is one of the most honest and conservative Orthodontist, which is a VERY rare find in the industry. We moved to south Florida about halfway through our treatment of 18 months and did not switch orthodontists; that’s how much Dr. Kincer means to us! Our daughter’s smile is absolutely beautiful!!

    Lindsay D
  • Dr. Kincer is the BEST at what he does!!! Both of my girls have been under Dr. Kincer's care, with exceptional results. They both began treatment at age 8, because of their tiny mouths that required Phase I and Phase II treatments. As a result of his recommended treatment plan, our girls will have exceptional teeth for life. Our family is incredibly thankful for Dr. Kincer's meticulous care that resulted in BEAUTIFUL smiles!!!

    Jen B
  • Dr. Kincer is the best. I am almost a year into my treatment and i have nothing but great things to say. He is so kind and his team is amazing. They are simply amazing and truly care for what their customers need and what their teeth need. I highly recommend Doctor Kincer to anyone looking for orthodontics.

    Jennie H
  • Excellent orthodontist. Invisalign was the best money I ever spent on myself. Dr. Kincer is meticulous, thorough, has attention to detail, and fixed my flared teeth. Everyone is always complimenting my smile. He is always timely, professional, and his support staff (Jennifer and Lynn) are really caring. He is able to shave down teeth to make them aesthetically fit my smile and proportions. Dr. Kincer and Lynn really make sure their patients are comfortable-- especially when it comes down to removing attachments for invisalign and IPR, when your teeth are already sensitive. I recommended him to my brother and little cousin for orthodontic work and for their retainers :)

    Kimberly T
  • After having my braces off for 12 years. I go in today to see my little sister get her braces off, and Dr. Kincer readjusted my Old retainers to fit again!! He is a great orthodontist!

    Brittany B
  • Our family has been using Dr. Kincer for the past 10 years. Our oldest daughter has had amazing transformations with her treatment and our second is shaping up to do the same. Couldn't ask for a better, more friendly place.

    Shannon R
  • This is our fifth year and second kid with Dr. Kincer. Love him and his staff! Would recommend them to anyone!

    Jill T
  • Both my kids have beautiful, straight teeth because of Dr. Kincer's work. He takes great care to work with every aspect of getting braces.

    Franny

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