Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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1401 Barbara Loop SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

The Jorgensen Orthodontics Blog

How Long Should My Orthodontic Retainer Last?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 16th, 2011
How Long Should My Orthodontic Retainer Last?

How long should my retainer last? While “your mileage may vary,” here are some good estimates: Thin wire retainers bonded to the backs of your teeth will eventually come loose, especially the top ones! The glue used to hold them in place just wears out as you each, brush, floss and play with them with your tongue. An upper bonded retainer will last somewhere between 1 and 3 years. A lower will usually last longer since is it not “in the line of fire” when you eat. Although all retainers allow some movement and change in tooth position, you should…

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3 Reasons Why Canine-to-Canine Retainers are Best for Your Lower Teeth

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 8th, 2011
3 Reasons Why Canine-to-Canine Retainers are Best for Your Lower Teeth

Orthodontists prescribe many types of lower retainers for their patients. Selection of a retainer depends upon the initial problems, the age of the patient, and the desired balance of cleansability, control, and cooperation. There is no perfect retainer. Retainers that allow the best oral hygiene (those that can be removed by the patient) are also the ones that depend most upon patient cooperation. Those that require the least cooperation (those glued to every tooth) are also the hardest to clean. Since there are compromises with every retainer, we strive to find the best mix of features that will best maintain…

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The Best Orthodontic Retainer for Your Top Teeth

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on February 2nd, 2011
The Best Orthodontic Retainer for Your Top Teeth

Which of all the available retainers is the best for your top teeth? Unfortunately there is no one perfect retainer that covers all situations. Since there are compromises that must be accepted with any retainer, we try to find the best mix of features that will best maintain correction that has been achieved. We strive to find the best balance between control of the teeth, cleansability, and the cooperation required by the patient. For our adolescent and adult patients, there are three types of upper retainers. The one with the most control is the bonded retainer. It is a thin…

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Are Bonded Retainers Right for You?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on January 26th, 2011
Are Bonded Retainers Right for You?

Getting straight teeth is only half the battle; the other half is keeping them straight. That is where retainers come in. Retainers come in many varieties. Unfortunately there is no one retainer that is ideal for every patient. If there were, we would all prescribe the same one for all of our patients. At one end of the spectrum we have permanent or bonded retainers. These are retainers that are glued to the back (or lingual) of two or more teeth. They are considered permanent because patients can’t take them in and out on their own. These retainers have the…

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