Retainers are orthodontic devices designed to maintain the alignment of teeth after braces or other orthodontic appliances are removed. Typically made from plastic or metal, retainers help prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions by holding them in place.

At Williams & Hamman Orthodontics, we custom-fit retainers to each patient's unique dental structure. Retainers are usually worn for a prescribed period, gradually reducing usage as the teeth stabilize. They play a crucial role in ensuring the longevity and stability of orthodontic treatment, preserving the results achieved during the active phase of braces or other corrective procedures.

The Benefits of Retainers

  • Retainers in Olive Branch, MS, prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions after the removal of braces, preserving the alignment achieved during orthodontic treatment.
  • For individuals who underwent bite correction, retainers contribute to the stability of the corrected bite, preventing relapse.
  • Retainers are crucial in preventing tooth crowding, ensuring adequate space between teeth, and minimizing overlapping risks.
  • By maintaining proper tooth alignment, retainers help reduce the risk of gum problems such as inflammation and periodontal disease.
  • Retainers contribute to improved speech clarity and enhance chewing efficiency by ensuring the teeth remain in their corrected positions.
  • Retainers play an important role in sustaining a visually appealing smile, preventing any relapse that could affect the overall aesthetics of the teeth.
  • Retainers are customized by our orthodontist in Southaven, MS, to each patient's unique dental structure, ensuring a comfortable fit and effective maintenance of tooth alignment.

Caring for Your Retainer

Properly caring for your retainer is essential to maintaining its effectiveness and ensuring continued oral health. Here are some tips you can follow to care for your retainer:

  • Always handle your retainer with clean hands.
  • When not in use, store the retainer in its case to prevent damage or loss.
  • Clean your retainer regularly using a soft toothbrush and mild, non-abrasive soap or toothpaste, gently scrubbing away any plaque or debris.
  • Avoid using hot water when cleaning the retainer, as it can distort its shape.
  • Refrain from biting or chewing on the retainer to prevent damage.
  • When not wearing the retainer, keep it away from pets, as they may be attracted to its scent.
  • Attend regular check-ups with our orthodontist, who can assess the retainer's fit and make any necessary adjustments.

Following these guidelines will contribute to the longevity and effectiveness of your retainer, ensuring the lasting benefits of your orthodontic treatment.

For more information, visit Williams & Hamman Orthodontics at 399 Southcrest Ct., Suite B, Southaven, MS 38671, or 5036 Goodman Rd. #118, Olive Branch, MS 38654. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at (662) 349-2196 or (662) 892-8489.


399 Southcrest Ct Suite B, Southaven, MS 38671

Phone: (662) 349-2196


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5036 Goodman Rd. #118, Olive Branch, MS 38654

Phone: (662) 892-8489


  • MON8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • TUE8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • WEDBy appointments only
  • THU8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • FRIBy appointments only
  • SAT - SUNClosed
Contact Us