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Types of Retainers

Retainers are the key to keeping your smile straight and healthy after orthodontic treatment. Your teeth naturally want to shift over time as your jaw grows and your teeth grinding from eating. Good retainer wear during retention will keep you from needing orthodontic treatment a second time. It is important to follow instructions from Dr. Jolley once your braces are removed and your treatment is over.

There are three main types of retainers – Hawley, Essix and bonded. Depending on your unique case, Dr. Cameron Jolley might recommend one type or a combination of types for you. Each type is good for different situations and will keep your teeth from moving. Typically...

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temp-post-image"Dr. Jolley and his staff are amazing. They are professional, friendly, and they do a great job. Our daughter officially finished her treatment today. We will be missing seeing these wonderful people. Highly recommend this office!" - Mary B.

We appreciate these kind words and a patient finishing treatment is always bitter sweet. The Jolley Orthodontics team in Trophy Club, Texas loves to go along side our patients on their smile journey. Whether your orthodontic treatment includes braces or Invisalign® clear aligners, we strive to make you feel at home and a part of the Jolley Orthodontics family!

Although treatment is considered completed when your braces are removed, the most important...

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Braces are an important part of healthy teeth for many people, whether you get them for health or cosmetic reasons. However, the most important part may come after your braces are removed. Your retainer is your ticket to keeping your smile beautiful for years to come!

What does a retainer look like?

A retainer is usually made out of either clear plastic, or a combination of plastic and wire, and is custom made to fit your mouth. It may be large enough to cover the roof of your mouth, or a bit smaller, fitting over a row or even just a few of your teeth. An orthodontist, like Dr. Jolley, will check the retainer to make sure that it properly fits.

What does a retainer do?

A retainer has seve...

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Cleaning Your Retainer


The day you get your braces off is a day that is awesome for our patients and fun for our team! We love seeing the first time our patients look in the mirror and see their beautiful, straight smile.




However, this is also a day where patients receive great responsibility with understanding the importance of wearing their retainer. Your bones (including teeth) like to settle in where they see fit and over time, your teeth can move back to their "before braces" positions. Wearing your retainer keeps your teeth in their new "after braces" positions.




Due to wearing your retainer, you will find that you will want to clean it to remove the bacteria from your mouth. So, what ...

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