Maintain Your Alignment

For a Lifetime of Beautiful Smiles

The retention phase of orthodontic treatment is just as important as active treatment. Because you’ll wear your retainers full-time for the first year and then at “nighttime for lifetime”, getting the right type of retainer is essential for maintaining your straight smile – and Dr. Chamberlain is here to help.

The Do’s & Don’t’s of Retainer Wear

Taking care of your retainers comes with a learning curve, but with Chamberlain Family Orthodontics on your side, you’ll be an expert in no time.

Vivera Clear Retainers

Designed by Invisalign, Vivera clear retainers are custom-made to maintain your smile after treatment. As Dr. Chamberlain’s preferred retainer option, you can’t go wrong with a Vivera clear retainer. Even she uses her Vivera retainer every night, and so do many of our team members!


One of the main reasons patients fail to wear their retainers after treatment is because of the way they look. Unlike other retainers, Vivera clear retainers are practically invisible, making patients more likely to wear them after treatment.



Vivera clear retainers are designed from 3D digital scans of your teeth, providing a full coverage option that helps ensure that every tooth remains in the same position as the day you finished treatment. They also cover the biting surface to prevent wear and tear due to clenching or grinding.

Low Maintenance

Without the need for regular wire adjustments that other retainers require, you can expect fewer retention appointments, making Vivera clear retainers our lowest maintenance retainer option available.


Hawley Retainers

As one of our more traditional retention options, a Hawley retainer is made of a combination of hard plastic and a metal bar that runs across the outer surface of the teeth. Molded to fit your unique smile, these commonly used retainers are designed to hold your teeth in place after treatment.


For years, orthodontists have used this orthodontic tool to maintain patient smiles, making it a popular retainer option. Hawley retainers are more durable overall, giving you long-lasting use value – however, they are more expensive to replace and maintain if they do break.


Should your teeth shift during the retention phase due to compliance issues or the wireframe design, Dr. Chamberlain may need to adjust your Hawley retainer. These adjustments require regular in-office visits and special attention to care and storage in order to prevent undesirable tooth movement, as a bent labial bow can move the teeth.

Our Orthodontic FAQs

Fixed Retainers

Most patients are curious about the idea of having a fixed retainer applied to the back of their teeth after treatment is completed – however, there are several factors to consider. These retainers only support the bottom front teeth, leaving the rest of the teeth vulnerable to movement.

Fixed retainers can also make it harder to maintain oral hygiene, and they require special attention when brushing. Moreover, they are the most expensive to replace in the case that they break or detach.

For these reasons, Dr. Chamberlain only applies fixed retainers under very specific conditions.

Phase I Retainers

After Phase I appliance removal, younger patients enter a new phase called growth & observation. During this time, they’ll wear retainers designed especially to fit smaller mouths and allow for the eruption of permanent teeth in more optimal positions. Phase I graduates should wear removable retainers full-time (22 hours/day) for 6 months, followed by nighttime wear (8-12 hours/day) until their permanent teeth have fully erupted or until Dr. Chamberlain instructs otherwise.

Phase I Twin Block Retainer

Following Phase I treatment for younger patients, your child may require a Twin Block retainer to maintain the results achieved in Phase I until they are ready to begin Phase II. This two-piece removable appliance uses acrylic blocks to position the lower jaw forward to help promote lower jaw growth and “overbite” correction in between phases.

Phase I Hawley Retainers

Made of an adjustable wire and acrylic base, Phase I Hawley retainers are created to accommodate both baby and emerging permanent teeth. This type of retainer preserves the progress made in early treatment while also maintaining space to guide the permanent teeth into their correct positions.

Lower Lingual Holding Arches

Using a metal wire that connects the molars on both sides of the lower jaw and runs along the inside of the teeth, lower lingual holding arches prevent the front teeth from shifting. Additionally, this stabilization allows for the proper eruption and alignment of permanent teeth by preserving the necessary space in the dental arch.


Ask About Our Retainer Back-Up Plan

Life Happens, But Don’t Let Shift Happen

Taking good care of retainers can be tricky, especially for children and teens. From being wrapped in a napkin and thrown away to becoming a pet’s favorite new chew toy, we’ve seen it all. Even when you take good care of your retainers, they will need to be replaced occasionally, just like a toothbrush. Opting into our Retainer Back-Up Plan makes these inevitable future events both cheaper and easier to handle.

Every treatment plan includes one set of Vivera clear retainers, but with Dr. Chamberlain’s Retainer Back-Up Plan, you can get additional retainers at a discount of 50% for one additional set or 70% for three additional sets. This plan also extends your formal retention period from 24 to 36 months, which means you’ll get one extra year of retainer checks absolutely free.

Ask Dr. Chamberlain about the retainer back-up plan before your appliance or attachment removal appointment to take advantage of the benefits!

Retention Phase FAQs