Your Key to Long-Lasting Orthodontic Results

Just like wildflowers, our patients’ smiles are unique and beautiful, and we intend to keep them that way for a lifetime. At Wildflower Orthodontics, Dr. Joseph Giasi offers reliable orthodontic retention treatment to maintain your newly straightened teeth in their proper position. With proper retainer wear and monitoring, you not only improve your smile but also make sure irregularities don’t happen again. 

What Do Retainers Do?

Retainers may not be as flashy as braces, but they are your smile's secret weapon to staying stunningly straight. Once your braces have done their job, it's the retainer's turn to keep them in position.

So, teeth move back after braces?

Unfortunately, yes. After braces are removed, there's a natural tendency for teeth to move back towards their original positions. This happens because the tissues supporting the teeth and the forces from everyday activities like chewing can exert pressure on the teeth, causing them to shift.


While the extent of this movement varies among individuals, using retainers to prevent shifting is proven and effective. At Wildflower Orthodontics, Dr. Giasi’s expertise and years of practice helped him develop comfortable and practical retention plans for his patients. 

Wildflower Orthodontics as Your Perfect Retention Partner

We prioritize personalized perfection

Our team doesn’t believe in one-size-fits-all. Your retainer will be as unique as your smile. We plan out and custom-craft retainers to ensure they're comfortable, effective, and tailored just for you.

We help make the treatment accessible.

Say goodbye to budget worries. We offer flexible payment plans because we believe everyone should have access to top-notch orthodontic care without breaking the bank.

We are locals

Our dedication to our community has earned us the title of Round Rock's Most Loved Orthodontist for five years running. We're not just your orthodontic provider; we're your neighbors, too!

We want you to know that at Wildflower Orthodontics, we’re all about your comfort and satisfaction. Invisalign is designed with your lifestyle in mind, offering you the freedom to live your life without the constraints of braces.

The Retainer Fitting Procedure

Every step of your trip through orthodontics should be as easy as the day your smile is finally perfect. The process of fitting a retainer is no different, and we’re here to help you through it. Here’s what you can expect:


Consultation and Assessment

Your journey with retainers starts with a full consultation with Dr. Giasi. He’ll look at your orthodontic needs and talk about the type of retainer that will work best for your smile.


Digital Scanning

Using advanced digital scanning technology to take 3D impressions of your teeth, we can make a retainer that fits you perfectly.


Custom Craftsmanship

After getting the necessary scans, our skilled team will start manufacturing your retainers, focusing on accuracy and comfort, whether you choose a set or a removable appliance.


Fitting and Adjustment

During your fitting and adjustment visit, we'll ensure that your retainers fit comfortably and securely, as well as provide instructions on how to insert and remove them.


Retainer Wear Instructions

Dr. Giasi provides clear instructions on when and how often to wear your retainer, whether it's full-time initially or nighttime wear in the long term.


Care and Maintenance Guidance

Proper care and maintenance are essential to the longevity and effectiveness of your retainer, and Dr. Giasi will make sure to provide comprehensive guidance on how you can do so.


Monitoring and Follow-Up

Retainer fitting doesn't conclude your orthodontic adventure. We'll schedule follow-up consultations to check your progress and ensure your retainer keeps your smile aligned.


Addressing Concerns

If you encounter any issues with your retainer, whether it's discomfort, damage, or questions about your treatment, our team is just a phone call away.

Retainer Options to Secure Your Smile

Because we know that having options is key to a successful orthodontic journey, we provide a variety of retainer alternatives to meet your specific requirements.

Fixed Retainers

Imagine fixed retainers as steadfast sentinels, diligently guarding your teeth against any unwanted shifting. These retainers are permanently bonded to the back of your teeth using a specialized adhesive, making them a reliable choice for maintaining alignment, especially for the front, lower, or upper teeth. Once in place, you can go about your daily life without worrying about removal or adjustments.

Removable Retainers

If you prefer versatility and convenience, removable retainers may be the perfect fit for you. We offer clear, removable retainers. 

  • Clear (Essix) Retainers If discretion is your priority, clear retainers are an excellent choice. Made from transparent plastic, they provide an almost invisible way to maintain your orthodontic results. Just like traditional retainers, they are custom-crafted to fit your unique dental structure.
  • Your Retainer, Your Choice A big part of your orthodontic journey is picking out the right retainer. We want to make sure that your teeth stay beautifully straight and that your smile continues to make you feel confident, no matter which type you choose.

How Long Will You Wear Your Retainer?

Dr. Giasi will likely recommend full-time retainer wear, day and night, for the initial four to six months following your braces’ removal. This phase is crucial to securing the alignment achieved during your orthodontic treatment. Afterward, a part-time wear regimen, primarily during the night, will be advised. The long-term use of your retainer is essential to maintaining your smile’s perfection.

Your Aesthetic Preferences:

If you ever stop wearing your retainer, your teeth may begin to shift gradually. However, there's hope! Putting your retainer back into action may help move your teeth back to their aligned positions, but its effectiveness decreases the longer you wait. So, prompt action is key if you notice any changes in your smile.

Caring for Your Retainer

To ensure your retainer remains effective and comfortable, it’s crucial to care for it diligently. Here are some essential tips:

Remove Your Retainer While Eating

To prevent damage or distortion, always take out your retainer before enjoying meals or snacks.

Store It Safely

When not wearing your retainer, keep it in its protective case. Avoid wrapping it in napkins or leaving it in pockets or purses where it might get lost or damaged.

Chew Gum with Caution

Chewing gum while wearing your retainer can lead to damage or misalignment.

Avoid Extreme Heat

Keep your retainer away from hot environments like cars or stovetops to prevent melting.

Maintain Oral Hygiene

Prioritize proper dental care by brushing and flossing your teeth before putting your retainer back in your mouth.

Regularly cleaning your removable retainer with antibacterial soap and water can help prevent bacteria buildup and odors. For fixed retainers, good oral hygiene and flossing around them are essential.

When to Seek Professional Help

If your retainer breaks, it's essential to address the issue promptly. Broken wires can potentially irritate your gums or lips, and attempting a DIY fix may not be effective. Contact Dr. Giasi immediately if your retainer needs repair or replacement.

The Cost of Retainers

You might be wondering about the financial aspect of orthodontic retention, but rest assured, we’re here to provide clarity. The typical price range for a removable retainer falls anywhere between $300 and $6000, with clear retainers often at the higher end of this spectrum. We understand that budget considerations are essential, and that’s why we offer flexible payment options to accommodate your needs.

Insurance Coverage

When it comes to insurance coverage, it can vary. Some insurance carriers provide partial coverage for orthodontic treatment, including retainers, while others may not cover it at all. To get a clear understanding of what your policy includes, we recommend reaching out to your insurance provider. Our team is also here to assist you in navigating the insurance process, ensuring you make the most of your benefits.

A Smile Investment

Consider your retainer an investment in the long-term health and beauty of your smile. While it's a tangible cost, the priceless value lies in the confidence and happiness your smile brings. 

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs About Retainers

  • How long will I need to wear my retainers? The duration of retainer wear can vary from person to person. Typically, you'll wear your retainer full-time (day and night) for the first few months after braces are removed. Afterward, Dr. Giasi will advise transitioning to nighttime wear. In general, it's recommended to wear your retainer as long as you want to maintain your beautifully aligned smile.
  • Will my retainers be uncomfortable to wear? Your retainer should fit comfortably. If you experience discomfort or irritation, contact your orthodontist for adjustments or guidance on proper wear.
  • What if my retainers break or get damaged? If your retainer breaks or becomes damaged, it's essential to contact your orthodontist promptly. Attempting to fix it yourself may not yield effective results. Your orthodontist can assess the damage and provide necessary repairs or replacements.
  • What happens if I don’t wear my retainers? If you neglect to wear your retainers as instructed, your teeth may gradually shift back to their original positions. Consistent retainer wear is essential to maintaining the alignment achieved during your orthodontic treatment.
  • Can I still enjoy my favorite foods with retainers? Absolutely! You can continue to enjoy your favorite foods while wearing retainers. Simply remove them before eating, and remember to clean them before placing them back in your mouth.
  • What should I do if my retainers no longer fit correctly? If your retainers feel too tight or no longer fit comfortably, it's an indication that your teeth may have shifted. Contact our team for an evaluation. Adjustments or a new retainer may be necessary to maintain your smile's alignment.
  • Can a retainer straighten my teeth? Retainers are primarily designed to maintain the alignment of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. While they can help nudge slightly shifted teeth back into place, they are not as effective at straightening teeth as braces or other orthodontic appliances.

Take the First Step

Retainers in Round Rock & Pflugerville, TX

Protecting the health and beauty of your smile is our priority here at Wildflower Orthodontics. If you require high-quality retainers that are specifically designed to meet your requirements, our team of specialists is here to help. Retainers are the next logical step in improving your smile, so don't put it off any longer.