An orthodontic retainer holds your teeth in place as they settle into their new positions in the mouth. Using digital impressions, we create custom retainers to fit—and retain—your one-of-a-kind smile.


After you have completed your orthodontic treatment with braces, you will wear a device called a retainer to ensure your brand-new smile continues to look brilliant for years to come. An orthodontic retainer holds your teeth in place as they settle into their new positions; in some cases, a retainer may be worn during orthodontic treatment to realign a select one or two teeth at a time. Whether you want to retain your beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment with braces or require a small adjustment, our offices in Arvada, Centennial, and Greenwood Village are here to keep you smiling!

Digital Impressions for Retainers

Orthodontic treatment with braces involves shifting the teeth within the dental arch—but, if not careful, those same teeth could move back after treatment. Once a patient has completed their treatment with braces, an orthodontic retainer is worn to retain the teeth into their new position until the bone and soft tissue stiffens. We make clear retainers, too! You can also ask us about our warranty options for your retainer.

Your smile is just as unique as you are—that’s why each retainer must be custom-made and created to fit your one-of-a-kind smile. Creating a custom orthodontic appliance requires impressions; traditionally, these impressions were messy and uncomfortable. At Village Orthodontics, we are proud to be an impression-free zone. We use the iTero scanner to create highly accurate images of your teeth and jaw to create customized, well-fitting retainers. You can learn more about digital impressions and the iTero scanner by visiting our 3D Impressions & Scanning page.

Retainer Care

Your retainer is considered an orthodontic appliance and requires special care. It is important to ensure your retainer functions as it should to keep your teeth—and your smile—in place.

  1. Retainers should be kept in their protective case when not in use to prevent loss or damage.
  2. Brush your retainer every day, just like you brush your teeth! An extra-soft toothbrush with a gentle toothpaste is recommended.
  3. Your retainer needs regular disinfecting. You may use a denture cleaner or a retainer cleaner and warm water. Do not place your retainer in the dishwasher, as this will damage the appliance.

Neglecting to care for your retainer properly can result in loss or damage, which may lead to costly replacements and longer orthodontic treatment. If you have any questions about caring for your retainer, please contact our office. We are happy to help.