Completing your orthodontic treatment marks a significant achievement, but it’s crucial to maintain the results. Enter retainers – the unsung heroes of preserving your beautifully aligned teeth. Serving Raleigh, Knightdale, and extending our expertise to The Triangle, including Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding cities, as well as Wendell Falls and Clayton, Keyser Orthodontics takes pride in offering a comprehensive range of retainers to ensure your perfect smile lasts a lifetime.

As Dr. Keyser likes to say about retainer wear, “Nighttime for a lifetime!”

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Retainers play a pivotal role in maintaining the results of orthodontic treatment, ensuring that your beautifully aligned teeth remain in their desired positions. You typically wear these custom-made devices after you remove your braces or other orthodontic appliances. Retainers work by preventing the natural tendency of teeth to shift back to their original positions, providing stability to the newly achieved alignment.

Retainer Options at Keyser Orthodontics

We recognize that every smile is unique, as are our patients’ preferences and needs. That’s why Keyser Orthodontics offers a variety of retainers, including:

A time-tested classic, Hawley retainers consist of a sturdy acrylic arch resting against the roof of your mouth. This arch connects to your teeth with a thin, customizable wire. The adjustable nature of Hawley retainers allows for minor tooth movements if necessary.

 Clear retainers are a popular choice for those who prefer a more discreet option. These retainers, crafted from transparent plastic, snugly fit over your teeth, providing subtle retention without drawing attention.

Bonded retainers are fixed behind your front teeth for added convenience. These thin wires are bonded with dental cement, providing continuous support without requiring daily removal.

Why do Teeth Shift?

Teeth naturally tend to shift over time due to various factors, and understanding why they may move back after braces is crucial. Wearing retainers is vital because, after orthodontic treatment, the bone and tissues surrounding the teeth need time to stabilize. Without the consistent use of retainers, there is a risk of orthodontic relapse, where teeth may gradually revert to their previous misaligned positions. By faithfully wearing retainers as prescribed by your orthodontist, you protect your investment in a straightened smile and contribute to the longevity of your orthodontic results, ensuring a confident and enduring outcome.

Pros and Cons

of Each Retainer

Metal Retainers


  • Customizable for minor adjustments.
  • Durable acrylic material.
  • Cost-effective.


  • Visible when worn.
  • Can make speech more difficult 
  • It requires proper maintenance.

Clear Retainers


  • Nearly invisible.
  • Comfortable to wear.
  • Minimal speech impacts
  • Easy to clean.


  • More susceptible to wear and tear.
  • Not suitable for extensive adjustments.

Bonded Retainer


  • Non-removable retention—no need to remember to place/remove
  • Invisible from the outside.
  • Low maintenance.


  • It is challenging to clean between teeth.
  • Can require repairs when glue needs to be replaced/repaired over time. 
  • It’s only suitable for certain bite types and patients with ideal oral hygiene.

Caring for Your Retainer

Proper care ensures the longevity and effectiveness of your chosen retainer. Follow these cleaning instructions to maintain a healthy and confident smile:

Hawley Retainers:

  • Brush gently with a soft toothbrush and mild soap.
  • Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  • Keep in a protective case when not in use.

Clear Retainers:

  • Clean with a non-abrasive toothbrush and mild soap.
  • Avoid hot water, as it may warp the plastic.
  • Store in a cool, dry place.

Bonded Retainers:

  • Brush carefully around the wire and between teeth.
  • Use floss threaders or interdental brushes for thorough cleaning.
  • Attend regular dental check-ups for professional maintenance.

Secure Your Smile With Retainers

in Raleigh and Knightdale, NC

Keyser Orthodontics stands as your trusted partner in preserving the beauty of your smile. Dr. Mary Morgan Keyser and her dedicated team are committed to providing tailored retainer solutions, ensuring your orthodontic journey concludes with a confident and enduring smile. Whether you opt for the classic Hawley, the discreet clear retainers, or the bonded retainers, Keyser Orthodontics is here to safeguard your perfect smile. Schedule your consultation today and embark on the next step in maintaining a lifetime of confident smiles.

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