Although braces help to create a beautiful smile, a retainer helps to maintain it long-term. Retainers can either be removable or fixed, but both allow for great support and structure to uphold teeth alignment. At Emigh Dental Care, we provide attentive, quality care to ensure that a patient's new smile is well taken care of. Therefore, once a full dental exam is performed, we will take a mold of the teeth to create a custom-fitted retainer that is unique to their profile. Retainers are often made of clear plastic or rubber to ensure the best comfort possible. Call our family dental practice today in Long Beach, CA to make an appointment for customized retainers today.
"The front staff at Emigh Dental Care is very friendly and welcoming. There's even water and apple juice while you wait. The waiting room is open and comfy! There's also ample parking in the parking structure! I had my first examination with Dr. Reel today. She was warm, open and friendly! Freddy, the DA escorted me back to the exam room and explained everything thoroughly. I did share that I was worried about my teeth because I haven't had dental care in about 3 years (no dental insurance). After 3 years with no dental care, I have just 1 cavity. After seeing Dr. Reel, Freddy took me to see hygienist, Tammy. Like Dr. Reel, Tammy was warm and friendly. She explained all the things that were to come for my cleaning and the importance of flossing. On 9/17 my 2 year old son and husband saw Dr. Todd. Dr. Todd thoroughly answered all our questions re: jaw surgery for my husband and referred him to an orthodontist. Although my 2 year old son didn't cooperate by opening his mouth, Dr. Todd was able to entertain and make my son feel comfortable. Maybe next time, Dr. Todd will get to take a look at my son's teeth. I look forward to getting my cavity fixed and my next cleaning. Thanks Emigh Dental Care!"- N.S. / Yelp / Sep 21, 2018
"I highly recommend Emigh Dental. I have been coming to this office my entire life as well as most of my family and extended family. The entire staff is amazing. The hygienists are gentle, and Dr. Pat and Dr. Todd are seriously the best. My kids actually look forward to their visits."- J.G. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Very good experience in this dental. I had a deep teeth cleaning yesterday. The dentist was very gentle,she didn't hurt me at all."- Z.M. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Emigh Dental Care is hands down the best Dental facility I have been to! The atmosphere is friendly, clean and comfortable. Bailey, my dental hygienist, is professional, kind and always does an amazing job!! Dr. Pat has a very professional and friendly demeanor. He thoroughly explained everything to me and made sure I was comfortable. I'm so happy to find them, thank you for your excellent care!!!"- A.H. / Yelp / Sep 16, 2018
"This place truly knows the meaning of customer service, I'm very impressed by the professionalism of the staff. I'm a new client and had to have a filling replaced that had fallen out of one of my back molars. I had an issue at my first visit, the first time they tried to refill it (it took two tries in the office) and then it fell out again, about an hour after I got home. When I came back to get it refilled again, I was not comfortable having the same dentist working on it because she had trouble getting it right the first time. I asked to see someone else. When I came back I was taken care of by Dr. Todd. He was very pleasant and made me feel at ease as soon as I arrived. He's an extremely caring person and more than qualified to fix this hard to fill filling. He not only fixed my tooth but he reassured me that the other dentist was also more than qualified to help me, but that he wanted to make sure I felt comfortable with the service I received. I absolutely love this place and how they treated me, they never made me feel weird for asking for another dentist to fix the issue. If you are searching for excellent dentists who provide impeccable care in a clean and friendly environment with a staff that really values the concept of customer service, I highly recommend the good people at Emigh Dental Care. I like them so much that I referred my fiancé to them too. Try Emigh Dental Care, you will not be disappointed."- S.V. / Yelp / Sep 13, 2018
What to expect
Once the braces are removed, our dentists will take a mold of the patient's newly straightened teeth. The mold will then be sent off to a certified dental laboratory to create uniquely designed retainers. Once our office receives the custom retainer, we will set up a secondary appointment, where patients will be fitted for their retainer. During this time, we will be able to examine the fit to ensure the retainers feel as comfortable as possible. If there aren't any issues, patients will be sent home with their retainer.
Wearing a retainer on a regular basis is essential to upholding the new position of the teeth. If a retainer is not worn as instructed, a patient's teeth can shift, which will reverse all the months of reconstruction the braces created. No one wants their gorgeous new smile to be altered after all the time and pain they went through with wearing braces. Therefore, routine wear and proper maintenance of the retainer is imperative. Over time, the retainer will go through normal wear and tear and may need to be replaced. Patients should bring their retainer with them to their yearly dental exams so our dentists can examine the condition of the retainer.
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Retain Your New Smile
The months of anticipation for your braces to be removed is finally over, and now you get to enjoy your fabulous new smile. However, if you wish to maintain your smile, a high-quality retainer is crucial. Call Emigh Dental Care today to schedule an appointment for your customized retainer. We will be sure to help you select a material that is comfortable and ideal for you.