Orthodontic Retention

Aurora, CO

Congratulations, you have reached a milestone in your orthodontic treatment! Our patients begin the retention period of their orthodontic care when braces are removed. This phase is both exciting and extremely important. A period of time is needed to stabilize the entire mouth once the teeth have been moved into their desired positions. Up to this point, it has been a team effort, but now the retention phase is up to you.

What To Expect

Initially, your retainers may feel bulky and somewhat affect your speech. In a few days, once the tongue adapts, your speech will return to normal. The day after you receive your retainers, your teeth may also feel a bit sore, however, this will resolve quickly with continuous wear.

How To Maintain A Beautiful Smile

  • Wear your retainers as prescribed.
  • Do not let your retainers get damaged or bent (“In the case, or on your face!”). If you experience prolonged irritation of the gums, lips, cheeks, or tongue, do not attempt to adjust the retainer yourself, but call for an appointment. If your retainer is damaged, call immediately for an appointment.
  • Do not leave your retainer within reach of pets.
  • Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush. Use cold, not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors.
  • Visit your general dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
  • Always bring your retainers to your appointments so that we can check the fit and make any necessary adjustments.

If you do not wear your retainers as instructed, your teeth will move. If you miss a night, be sure to wear your retainer full time for a day or so. Make sure your retainer is completely in, this may cause your teeth to be sore, but they should realign. If they don’t, or if your retainer is lost or broken, please call us immediately for a replacement.

Retainer Insurance Program

Garlock Orthodontics is now offering Retainer Insurance! Get access to replacement retainers for up to 6 years and keep your smile as perfect as the day you get your braces off. If your retainer gets lost, broken, or damaged, come in for a new retainer, no questions asked! Our Retainer Package includes:


  • Six years of access to new retainers
  • One-time payment of $850
  • 6-month 0% financing available
  • Up to 4 new retainers per year, for 6 years after finishing treatment!
  • Includes model of teeth upon debond**
  • No copay for each new retainer

Phase 1

  • Access to new retainers*
  • One-time payment of $500
  • 6-month 0% financing available
  • Up to 4 new retainers per year!
  • Includes model of teeth upon debond**
  • No copay for each new retainer


*Phase 1 retainers can be replaced at no additional cost until all adult teeth are in the mouth.

**Teeth model is used to make replacement retainers based on your awesome smile the day your braces are removed. Loss of retainer can cause shifting of teeth. Loss of model or shifting of teeth will cost $175 for one arch, $225 for both arches.