What Are Retainers?

A retainer is an orthodontic device often used in the final stages of treatment. Depending on the type of retainer necessary for your treatment, you may have a fixed or removable retainer.

  • Removable retainers are custom fit, made of plastic or stainless steel, and fit around the teeth. They can be removed for meals and oral hygiene care. Some removable retainers are worn around the clock while others are worn only at night; the amount of time you’ll need to wear a retainer each day and how long you must continue doing so will be determined by Dr. Dierkes.
  • Fixed retainers consist of a thin wire which is bonded to the patient’s teeth. A fixed retainer may be used in patients who have undergone a major change to the bite or if the patient is at risk for reversal once the braces are removed.
Retainer - image of girl putting on a retainer.

What Does a Retainer Do?

Retainers are used to keep the teeth in the proper position, typically after braces are removed. Wearing a retainer allows the bone and gums that surround the teeth to become accustomed to the new position. If retainers are not worn, the teeth can slip from their placement and become misaligned, requiring further treatment.

Why Choose Dr. Dierkes?

Dr. Dierkes is committed to providing patients with a naturopathic approach to orthodontic and TMJ treatments. His “All Things Considered” approach to orthodontic treatment carefully considers the relationships among teeth, bone, muscles, TMJ, airway, food allergies, nutritional deficiencies and excesses, and endocrine balances and how each will affect the treatment of the patient.

With a holistic approach to the care he provides, Dr. Dierkes believes in patient education and effective communication which allows each patient to make informed choices about their care and treatment as well as fosters a positive working relationship between doctor and patient. While the naturopathic approach may take more time, the outcome is better for the patient, and the results extend beyond orthodontics and facial esthetics to improve the patient’s overall health.

A Holistic Approach to Orthodontics

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Dr. J. Michael Dierkes, DDS, MS, NMD is a nationally recognized orthodontic specialist who has been creating beautiful smiles for over 30 years. His services have improved the lives of people from Roswell and the surrounding areas, including residents of Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Marietta, and Atlanta. Whether you are an adult, a child, or a teenager, our knowledgeable staff is committed to helping you achieve the radiant, beautiful smile you deserve. Please call us today to schedule your initial consultation!