Style Up Your Smile

Custom design retainer options to keep your smile looking its best.

Removable Retainers

The purpose of retainers is to hold teeth in their corrected position. Retainers are placed once braces are removed to stabilize the teeth as the bone builds up around them. Since retainers are removable, their use and care are entirely dependent on you. The team at Nelson Orthodontics will recommend a retainer type (clear or “Hawley”) based on your bite. Then you can choose a custom-designed retainer that suits your personality.

Wear your retainers full-time (24 hours per day). You may remove your retainers while eating and brushing but you must replace them as soon as you are finished. When the retainer is not in your mouth, it should be in the case you will be given. The most common way to lose a retainer is by putting it in a napkin at school or a restaurant. To avoid this, always place the retainer in a plastic case when it’s out of the mouth. After the braces are removed, most patients will wear the retainers full-time for three months and then at night as directed. You will be given specific instructions regarding how often the retainers need to be worn.

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

Cleaning retainers:
Your retainers should be cleaned after each meal and before going to bed. Keep retainers clean by using your toothbrush and toothpaste. Never use hot water on the retainers as this may distort the shape of the retainer.

1. If you do not wear your retainers as instructed, your teeth WILL MOVE. If you miss a night, wear your retainer full time. 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.
2. ALWAYS bring your retainers to your appointments with our Seattle orthodontist, Dr. Nelson so that we can check the fit and make any necessary adjustments.

Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far!

Retainer Design Options


Retainer with an alien design


Retainer with an appaloosa design


Retainer with an aquarium design


Retainer with an bumblebee design


Retainer with an bugs design

Blue-Green Tie Dye

Retainer with an blue0green tie dye design

Color Change Tie Dye

Retainer with an color change tie dye design


Retainer with an cow design

Crystal Rainbow

Retainer with an crystal rainbow design


Retainer with an dalmation design


Retainer with an dots design


Retainer with an Eagle design


Retainer with an Eyeball design


Retainer with an Flag design


Retainer with an Frog design


Retainer with an Gobstopper design

Hearty Heart

Retainer with an Hearty Heart design


Retainer with an Kryptonite design

Lady Bug

Retainer with an Lady Bug design

Music Notes

Retainer with an Music Note design


Retainer with an Moose design


Retainer with an Panda design


Retainer with an Peppermint design


Retainer with an Rainbow design


Retainer with an Rasta design

Red Tie Dye

Retainer with an Red Tie Dye design


Retainer with an Snowboard design


Retainer with an strawberry design

Ski Slope

Retainer with an ski slope design

Sparkly Tie Dye

Retainer with an sparkly tie dye design

Spider Web

Retainer with an spider web design

Teddy Bears

Retainer with an Teddy Bears design


AlienRetainer with an Tiger design

Tie Dye

Retainer with an tie dye design


Retainer with an trout design

Tall Ship

Retainer with an tall ship design


Retainer with an turtles design

Water Melon

Retainer with an water melon design

Wild Horse

Retainer with an wild horse design


Retainer with an zebra design

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