Dr. Sarah Jovan D.M.D.
4010 Sandy Brook Dr., Suite 208 Round Rock, TX 78665

(512) 716-1800


When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far! Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.

Essix Clear Retainers

The Essix retainer is a clear removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Essix retainers have no metal wires and are virtually invisible. They are very durable, and have many benefits. These have become the most highly used & recommended retainers throughout orthodontics.

Bonded Retainers

Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any time during the retention phase, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

Vivera Retainers

The Vivera retainer is a transparent, removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Created by Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign® clear aligners, Vivera retainers are made of a clear thermoplastic material and have no wires.

Hawley Retainers

Hawley retainers are not used as much in Orthodontics at this time. This used to be the standard retainer after braces, but since Clear essix retainers can hold teeth in better positions, the Hawley retainer has taken a back seat to essix retainers in orthodontic care. However, some situations call for the use of Hawley retainers. For minor tooth movement Hawley retainers can be an excellent choice. Also for people with missing teeth, Hawley retainers can be used as temporary tooth replacement until a more permanent solution can be found. For fun, patients can also personalize their wrap-around retainers by choosing from a large number of colors for the acrylic piece.