Oak Tree Dental can help you keep your smile straight and your teeth even with the use of orthodontic retainers. A retainer helps keep your teeth in place after you’ve had braces or aligners, as either a temporary or permanent answer to stop teeth from shifting back into old positions. 

Retainers are part of post-orthodontic treatment designed to maintain your new, straight bite and smile, and it’s important to use them correctly according to your orthodontist’s or dentist’s instructions. Poor or improper retainer use after braces can undo all the good work that was done and damage your final results. At Oak Tree Dental, we don’t offer traditional braces in our offices, but we are happy to help oversee your retainer care as part of your lifelong dental care.

Types of Retainers

Different types of retainers may be recommended for you depending on what your dental health professional thinks will work best in your individual case. You also may not need braces at all, but will benefit from just using a retainer to fix more minor alignment problems. 

Clear retainers are transparent tray-like retainers, similar to clear aligners like Invisalign. The difference is that they are usually prescribed after orthodontic treatment, and may be worn less frequently. They are removable and are placed over your teeth to keep them in their new places. 

A more traditional retainer is made of plastic or acrylic and wire, and fits inside your mouth, usually on the top, to put pressure on your teeth and maintain their new positions. Another option your orthodontist may use is a sublingual bonded retainer, where a wire is fixed to the inside of your bottom front teeth to maintain their shape and position. 

Good Retainer Care

Wearing your retainer as instructed is the most important concern for patients, to make sure your teeth don’t shift out of their new positions. But a close second in importance is keeping your retainer clean and healthy. Anything that is going to be in your mouth for large amounts of time should be kept clean with a regular hygiene routine. Here are a few good guidelines to ensure your continued good dental health while using a retainer:

  1. Whenever your retainer isn’t in your mouth, it should be in its case to avoid bacteria, dirt and foreign particles.
  2. Keep the case and the retainer clean with regular rinsing, brushing and disinfecting to be sure you aren’t trapping bacteria and grime in your mouth. 
  3. Use cold or room temperature water to clean your retainer, since hot water can deform softer plastics and weaken the retainer’s ability to do its job.

It’s common for patients to need to wear their retainers for up to six months daily after getting their braces off, and we may recommend that you continue wearing it at night for a longer period of time after that. Individual patients’ time frames for retainer use vary, and how long you will need to use one depends on many personal factors, including how well and quickly your teeth and gums adapt to the changes made by orthodontic treatment. 

Get in touch with Oak Tree Dental if you have questions about what we can do to help you maintain a straight, healthy smile for many years to come. 

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Arline Thomas
Arline Thomas
21:58 15 Jan 20
Tina M
Tina M
01:08 13 Jan 20
Len Hirschi
Len Hirschi
17:46 21 Dec 19
Connie is a great dental hygienist! Very good at what she does and upbeat as is the entire staff. The new doctors are personable and professional. The office has implemented a good plan of paying a small fee every month that makes payment of treatment much easier and there is discount included. I am happy with Oak Tree Dental and the entire staff. John and Patty Blount did a great job finding good people to continue with their business.
trina grady
trina grady
23:40 19 Dec 19
Warm, caring dentists and extremely talented! I had a dental emergency and they were the only dentist I found that was able to get me in right away. The work they did surpassed my expectations and I’m so happy I found them as my new dentist. Very comfortable office, everyone working there is kind and excellent at what they do. I am very picky and happy I found this place!
Missy Danneberg
Missy Danneberg
18:33 18 Dec 19
Connie is the best! Gentle but gets my teeth clean.
Matt Hadley
Matt Hadley
20:20 11 Dec 19
m Carbo
m Carbo
23:33 04 Dec 19
John Sayage
John Sayage
15:15 03 Dec 19
Ever since I decided to start going to see Dr Shehadeh at Oak Tree, my gums have been healthier and my teeth have never been cleaner. Other dentists never took quite the same care and I can tell the difference. Come here and don’t look back.
Anne Barron
Anne Barron
21:28 13 Nov 19
Patrick Pennington
Patrick Pennington
15:34 06 Nov 19
Natasha Dallin
Natasha Dallin
02:34 06 Nov 19
Lynette Moss
Lynette Moss
21:28 08 Oct 19
Great dental office; wonderful, thoughtful, knowledgeable and skilled dentists.
JeanEmma Bova
JeanEmma Bova
01:05 03 Oct 19
Such caring and attentive dentists! They explain everything step by step and make you feel comfortable. Highly recommend this practice!
alessandra sanguinetti
alessandra sanguinetti
20:36 26 Sep 19
larry marchesi
larry marchesi
14:19 15 Aug 19
the husband/wife team at oak tree dental took over for a dentist i had for 25 yrs, and liked a lot. i ve been to oak tree twice now and am very satisfied. friendly and professional. the work seems excellent.
John Sayage
John Sayage
19:52 22 May 19
Oak tree dental is an amazing new addition to the Sebastopol community. Dr Shehadeh took incredible care of me and I’m looking forward to returning soon.
Mocking Bird
Mocking Bird
04:26 05 Sep 18
Excellent!
Greg Thrash
Greg Thrash
17:14 28 Nov 16

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Anthony Grados and Dr. Karimeh Shehadeh are a husband and wife team dedicated to making Sebastopol smile. After Dr. Grados completed dental school at NYU and Dr. Shehadeh completed dental school at University of the Pacific, the two met during residency in Brooklyn and married a few years later.

After moving back to California, the two fell in love with Sebastopol and purchased their dental practice. As new Sebastopol residents, they're looking forward to enjoying the area's relaxed pace of life, providing great dental care and forming long-lasting relationships with their patients as they become part of the community.

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Address

Oak Tree Dental Sebastopol

220 Petaluma Ave., Suite D

Sebastopol, CA 95472

(707) 823-1029 

Open Hours

Monday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Tuesday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Wednesday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Friday-Sunday: Closed 

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