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Retention involves wearing a retainer on a recommended basis after your braces come off. It is considered the final phase of your orthodontic treatment. One of the worst mistakes a patient can make is to neglect the importance of the retention phase, as this prevents the teeth from migrating back to their original position, which they will tend to do until they settle into their new place.

The retention phase can look different for each patient. While some patients benefit from wearing their retainer all day long, others may be able to simply wear the appliance at night. In addition, your retainer may be fixed or removable. Some parents prefer a fixed retainer to avoid their child losing it or to ensure it gets worn for the recommended time frame. In general, the retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months but is largely based on your age when your braces come off. It may be recommended that younger patients wear their retainer in some capacity until their jawbone stops growing.

The Importance of Wearing Your Removable Retainer

It is important for all patients to realize that their final orthodontic result is strongly influenced by how well they follow their retainer instructions. You’ve worked hard to attain that straight and beautiful set of teeth. Slacking in your retention phase could sabotage your final outcome and investment.

When it comes time to choose a retainer, Dr. Kincer will carefully guide you to select one that fits your needs and preferences best. We will also give you detailed instructions on how to wear your retainer and clean it properly. For optimal dental health, it is important to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.

To learn more about orthodontic retention, contact Dr. William R. Kincer in Marietta. We treat children, teens and adults in a caring atmosphere.

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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.


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