Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates

Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS

Orthodontist located in Forest Hills, NY

Congratulations! You or your child has weathered the initial teeth-straightening process and now it’s time for a retainer to take over to maintain your great results. At Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates, Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, is invested in the long-term success of his patients in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, which is why he offers retainers to keep teeth in line. If you want your smile to be filled with straight teeth long into the future, call or use the online scheduler to learn more about retainers.

Retainers Q & A

Why do I need a retainer?

After Dr. Mizrahi gets your child’s teeth (or your teeth) to their desired positions, you want to do all that you can to preserve these great results. For children, especially, teeth can shift again after the braces come off, which is why you want to ensure long-lasting results with a retainer.

A retainer keeps your teeth in place once the support of the braces is gone, preventing them from shifting back. A retainer stabilizes your teeth, allowing time for the roots below to “cement” the results into place.

What types of retainers do you offer?

Dr. Mizrahi offers three types of retainers:

Traditional retainers

A traditional retainer is a simple device with a wire that travels across the front of your teeth, which is held in place by an acrylic arch that fits snugly over the roof of your mouth or under your tongue. Dr. Mizrahi can adjust the metal wire to increase tension, keeping your teeth straight.


If you want a more subtle follow-up retainer, clear aligners offer a great solution. The custom-made aligners fit over your teeth, and you can remove them for cleaning and eating.

Fixed retainer

With a fixed retainer, Dr. Mizrahi bonds wire behind your top or bottom teeth (or both), which provides a solution you don’t have to think about.

To determine which option is best for you or your child, sit down with Dr. Mizrahi to discuss your lifestyle and your goals.

How long do retainers last?

The answer to this question depends upon which option you choose.

If you opt for a traditional retainer or an aligner, you have the advantage of being able to remove it for cleaning and eating. This also means you have the opportunity to break or lose it. With the right care, which means proper cleaning and storage, these retaining devices should last for a year or more after Dr. Mizrahi removes your braces.

If you opt for a fixed retainer, you can keep the device on your teeth for as long as you want, making it easier for Dr. Mizrahi to go in and correct any position issues down the road. You do have to take care to brush thoroughly around the framework, which can collect plaque buildup.

To put the finishing touch on your teeth straightening, call Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates to explore your options in retainers. Or you can fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.