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Retainers

Invisible Braces

Orthodontist located in Houston, TX

Once you’ve finished orthodontic treatment, you want to make sure to maintain your hard-earned results. The team of orthodontic specialists at Invisible Braces in the Houston Heights neighborhood of Houston, Texas, offers durable and comfortable retainers to ensure your smile stays straight for years to come. To get your retainer, schedule a visit with Invisible Braces by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Retainers Q & A

What is a retainer?

A retainer is an oral appliance worn after you’ve finished straightening your teeth with orthodontic treatment. Your retainer is custom-designed to fit snugly on your teeth to make sure your newly straightened smile maintains its position. When you follow your retainer protocol, you can rest assured your alignment will stay straight and healthy for years to come.

Are retainers really necessary?

Even after you’ve straightened your smile with your SureSmile® clear aligners, your teeth can still shift out of place in the future. 


With a retainer, you ensure that your teeth stay in perfect alignment. This ultimately helps you maintain a healthy, functional, and more attractive smile.

Are there different types of retainers?

There are a few varieties of retainers, each of which has advantages. When you arrive at Invisible Braces for your retainer, your provider helps you to decide between:

Hawley retainers

Hawley retainers are removable and consist of a metal wire that wraps around the front of your teeth and attaches to a plastic body and a series of clasps. The clasps hold the retainer in place, while the metal wire maintains the alignment of your teeth.

Clear retainers

Clear retainers are also removable, but this option is made of a clear plastic that fits snugly around your teeth, holding them in alignment. Clear retainers aren’t as durable as a Hawley retainer, but they’re more discreet. 

Fixed retainers

As the name implies, these retainers can only be removed by your orthodontist. Fixed retainers keep your teeth in alignment with a metal wire bonded to the back of your teeth.

How long should I wear my retainer?

The duration of your retainer treatment depends on your orthodontic condition and the nature of your treatment. Some people only need to wear their retainers for a few months, while others might need to wear it for the rest of their life. 

The team at Invisible Braces includes an orthodontist with over 30 years of experience. They can consult with you to determine just how long you need to wear your retainer, and can answer any questions about how to most effectively maintain the results of your clear aligners treatment.

Schedule your retainer consultation with Invisible Braces today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.