After all of the hard work you dedicate to your braces or Invisalign® treatment, you deserve to love your smile for years to come.

Wearing your retainer is the final (and most important) phase of your treatment with braces or Invisalign in Augusta or Grovetown. It’s up to you to maintain your results through proper retainer wear and care!

What does a retainer do?

Your retainer is worn once your braces or Invisalign treatment is complete, and it plays the key role of holding your teeth in their beautiful new position to prevent them from ‘relapsing’. 

Once active orthodontic treatment is complete, your teeth are susceptible to ‘orthodontic relapse’, or reverting back to their original pre-treatment positions. Your teeth require a period of retention to ensure that they stabilize in the proper alignment.

Types of Retainers

There are two types of retainers, removable retainers and fixed retainers. 

Removable retainers are similar to Invisalign clear aligners. They can be taken out as needed to eat, brush your teeth, and clean your retainer. 

Fixed retainers, or permanent retainers, are bonded to your teeth and cannot be removed without your orthodontist.

Vivera™ Retainers

What makes Vivera retainers different?

Vivera retainer material is at least 30% stronger and twice as durable as other leading clear retainer materials. Your Vivera retainer is custom-fit for your smile, with your comfort in mind…which is important since you’ll wear it while you sleep.

Doctors who have used Vivera retainers are more satisfied with Vivera retainers than with other retainers.

Fixed or Permanent Retainer (Bonded Wire)

These retainers include a small metal wire, custom-designed to fit behind the teeth. They’re generally bonded to the back surface of the bottom teeth, but can also be used behind the top teeth depending on your condition.

Typically, this wire stays in place forever to hold your bottom teeth in their beautiful alignment. The only exception is if your family dentist determines that your oral hygiene is suffering, which could lead to bone or gum problems. Keeping your teeth clean with a permanent retainer is essential!

How long will I wear a retainer after braces or Invisalign?

At the beginning of your retention phase, you’ll be instructed to wear your retainer at night. This is how we achieve and maintain the best results! 

The ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of Retainer Wear & Care


  • Do not expose your retainers to heat! Your retainer can melt or warp and become ineffective, so it’s important that you do not put them in the dishwasher, use hot water on them, or leave them in your car. 
  • Do not leave your retainer around your pets. You don’t want to find out how much they love chewing retainers!


  • Do put your retainer in your retainer case every time you remove it from your mouth. 
  • Do clean your retainer every time you brush your teeth. You can use toothpaste and an extra soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your retainer. 
  • Do clean your retainer case regularly. You want your clean retainer to be placed back in a clean carrying case every time. You can use a mild soap and lukewarm water to wash your retainer case daily, or at least a few times a week.
  • Do clean your retainer before and after placing it in the mouth. Because the material used for fabrication is slightly porous, plaque tends to cling to the surfaces. Be sure to rinse the retainers thoroughly after cleaning to remove any cleanser or soap residue.

Retainer Cost

You will receive one custom retainer as a part of your treatment plan. If you happen to lose or break your retainer, there will be a replacement fee.

If you lose or damage your retainer, please let us know as soon as possible. We want you to have a new retainer as soon as possible to prevent your teeth from drifting out of place.