Teeth continue to shift over a lifetime. Retainers are critical to preserve your new smile

Here at Quad City Orthodontics, we specialize in assisting patients with post-orthodontic care.

Every person with braces is so excited for the day when they come off. Your teeth will feel so smooth when you run your tongue along them. It is important to remember that you’re not quite done with orthodontic treatment yet. Post-orthodontic care is extremely important too.




Types of Retainers

The follow-through state is called retention. This is when you wear a retainer. There are many different types available for you. All of these are custom-made just for you and your mouth so that you will receive optimal results.

You may be wondering why you need a retainer. Your teeth are already straight! Without a retainer, your teeth will actually start to move back to where they were at the beginning.

When you get your braces removed, you will also be fitted for a retainer. Your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and another set of X-rays and/or bite impressions will be taken. There are three different types of retainers that can use: Hawley, clear plastic, or fixed bonded.

  • In order to keep your retainer healthy and germ-free you need to make sure that your retainer is properly cleaned. You can do this by brushing it with a regular toothbrush.
  • Our entire staff enjoys seeing a beautiful smile transformation. We will always be here to answer any of your questions, and we pride ourselves on our clean and calming environment.
  • If you have any questions regarding post-orthodontic care, contact us today at (563) 332-5671 (Bettendorf) or (309) 786-7782 (Rock Island).