Retainers and Retention

No matter what type of orthodontic treatment you choose, you will require retainers and retention to maintain your new smile. A custom retainer will help your teeth adapt to their new positions and prevent them from drifting back into their original locations. It is important to understand that retention is one of the most crucial phases of treatment at Roy Orthodontics. Retainers must be worn faithfully to achieve the long-term results you desire.

The Importance of Retention

Throughout your lifetime, you will experience minor tooth movement, even if you have not undergone orthodontic treatment. The jawbone can change and remodel as long as we are living; therefore, the teeth will move as well. By wearing a retainer, you can reduce or eliminate this shifting for a functional and healthy smile.

Dr. Carl Roy may recommend wearing your retainer all day long for the first several months. This will help the teeth stay in their new positions. After this initial period, you can typically begin nighttime wear, every night for one to two years. Eventually, you will be able to decrease your wear to a few times every week. Because each patient is unique, these guidelines may not be the same for everyone. Dr. Roy will give you detailed instructions for your situation. It is important to follow his guidelines closely for optimal, long-term success.

Types of Retainers

We offer different types of retainers. When your treatment is completed, Dr. Roy can help you determine which retainer will be most effective for your needs and lifestyle. The most common retainer types include:

  • Hawley retainer: This traditional retainer is made from a combination of acrylic and wire. The acrylic fits snugly against the roof of your mouth, and the wire stretches across the teeth to keep them firmly in place.
  • Essix retainer: Similar to a bleaching tray, an Essix retainer is a clear custom tray that fits securely over your teeth. This is a popular option, as they are barely visible. They also protect your teeth from bruxism (teeth grinding). They are, however, more prone to wear and tear, and may need to be replaced more frequently than a Hawley retainer.
  • Bonded retainer: If you aren’t too keen on a removable appliance, you can opt for a permanent lingual retainer. These appliances are bonded to the tongue side of your teeth to keep them in alignment. Patients who choose lingual retainers must use specialized brushes or floss threaders to keep the teeth clean.

Becoming Accustomed to Your Retainer

In most cases, patients will have a Hawley or an Essix retainer. When you first receive your oral appliance, it may take a few days to grow accustomed to it. You may notice a slight slur in your speech pattern. This is only temporary, and should diminish in a few days.

Retainer Instructions

To maintain your beautiful smile and your investment, it is important to care for your retainers and use them as directed by Dr. Roy. For a full list of retainer instructions, visit this page.

Call Us to Learn More

If you would like to learn more about retention, reach out to a team member. We are always available to answer your questions about this final phase of orthodontic treatment. You can contact us online anytime, or call us in Virginia Beach or Chesapeake.

Dr. Carl Roy Meet Dr Roy
My sincere thanks to Dr. Roy and his team for showing me the way! My baby teeth had to be crowned for years since 2 of my adult teeth never came in. This was just one piece of the puzzle that needed figuring out. I’m proud of my smile and it shows every time I meet someone!Liz

Roy Orthodontics Locations

Virginia Beach Location

4388 Holland Rd
Ste. 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 471-2900  

Chesapeake Location

684 Battlefield Blvd. N
Ste. B
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 549-1115

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Kathy Knopp
Kathy Knopp
00:56 10 May 18
Great orthodontist with great results. I know I can be frustrating to deal with but Dr Roy hung in there. Thank you Dr Roy
Sherrilyn Olds-Cage
Sherrilyn Olds-Cage
11:13 09 May 18
My teenage daughter and I are in treatment. We love the care and the progress we are receiving from Dr. Roy. Everyone there is kind and knowledgeable. They are going far beyond the expected to give us top-knotch service.
gabrielle hopkins
gabrielle hopkins
16:25 08 May 18
Dr. Roy and his team has been nothing short of a blessing to me. I was stationed in Virginia four years ago, I came to Dr. Roy with braces from another Orthodontist, instead of pushing me away like most doctors due to not wanting to finish another's work he was more than welcoming. Due to after care with retainers I wasnt as diligent as I should to wear them often Dr. Roy and staff always made me feel wanted and warm to start the process over. Many days I didn't want to smile, his team always brought cheer. I was actually refereed to him by someone else and I shared the candor and referred someone also. I said to myself " does anyone here have a bad day, everyone is literally always smiling". It saddens me a bit to have my braces off because I wont see their smiling faces monthly. But, if you want fair over the top treatment, Dr. Roy and staff will ensure 5 star treatment. They are truly a blessing, I wish I could give more than 5 stars.
Colman Elis
Colman Elis
13:59 02 May 18
They were always super friendly and they always knew who you were when you walked in. Everytime I was there they were fast and I'm very happy with the outcome of my teeth.
Jorene Delacruz
Jorene Delacruz
15:07 27 Mar 18
Dr. Roy & his staff are more than wonderful. I would recommend this practice 10x if I could. They are amazing at what they do, especially Dr. Roy for understanding my past situation with my teeth. I’m so grateful & happy to have been a patient here for many years. The staff knows what they’re doing and is always so nice. I can’t thank you guys enough for dealing with my crazy teeth!
Tanya Barclift
Tanya Barclift
02:49 28 Feb 18
My son was need of palate expanders and braces and Dr. Roy and his staff have been such a blessing to us! He was only 8 years of age when this was all needed and they treated him with such professionalism and ease! Dr. Roy has such a love and compassion for his patients and families! What could have been a nightmare for my son was actually the exact opposite because of his expertise in this field. Karen, Sandy and the whole office staff is amazing!!! I would highly recommend this practice who is need of their services! Thank you Dr. Roy and staff for helping our son! May God continue to bless your wonderful practice and employees!!
04:50 24 Feb 18
Everyone was so welcoming and polite. They made me very comfortable which made me want to keep coming back. I love how they put their patients first, and they do everything they can to make sure their patients’ teeth are perfect👌🏾.
Jay Wang
Jay Wang
22:04 01 Feb 18
Dr. Roy and his team took great care of my son’s teeth. They are efficient, professional and knowledgeable. Everyone has been friendly and helpful. They fixed my niece’s braces for free during her visit!
Samantha Simmons-Conaway
Samantha Simmons-Conaway
16:09 09 Jan 18
Wonderful staff. Everything was always explained thoroughly and I felt comfortableAs an older adult I had lots of trepidation about doing braces but they made process clear and I always looked forward to my visitsHighly recommend this practice. Special kudos to Tracy who is a wonderful tech and a great person
Heather Ham
Heather Ham
16:41 15 Dec 17
Dr Roy and his staff have provided Orthodontic care for both of my children. The best thing I can say about Dr Roy is he always puts the needs of the child and their long term orthodontic care first. It isn’t just about putting braces on your kids to have straight teeth for pictures it is about treating them at the appropriate age so that the care they receive is appropriate and will last them into adulthood and more importantly won’t have to be repeated when they finish growing. As a parent it was so refreshing to deal with a practice as practical and professional as Roy Orthodontics. I recommend them to anyone seeking orthodontics for their children.
Sheila Field
Sheila Field
17:12 04 Dec 17
I am thrilled with my results from Roy Orthodontics. I am happy to say that my jaw is pain free for the first time in years. My joint popped, cracked and hurt after I had braces as a teenager. Now, I not only look good but I feel good too. Thank you Dr. Roy and your amazing staff for investing your time in being the best. This team of experts will certainly give you a reason to smile!
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