Retention

You have completed your active orthodontic treatment. You say done with braces, elastics, Invisalign trays and regular appointments! You think you are free now?

And not quite…

The most difficult phase of your treatment is over and your teeth are now perfectly straight. However, it is now necessary to maintain the results as long as possible: this is what we call the retention period.

The essix appliance

Most patients receive a retention device of this type. It is a small, very discreet retention device. It is transparent and keeps the teeth firmly in place. It is a thin plastic molded on the teeth. This appliance must be worn as recommended by Dr. Rizkallah. Your cooperation during this stage is essential for an optimal result, because your teeth have a memory and they try to return to their initial position all your life, even after an orthodontic treatment.

At the end of the orthodontic treatment, you become responsible for your smile. If the appliance is not worn properly, we may have to resort to restarting the treatment. It is therefore important in case of loss or breakage of the device to communicate with us as quickly as possible.

Maintenance

Brush it daily with your toothbrush and toothpaste. It is strongly advised not to eat with the appliance. When not in the mouth, the appliance should be placed in its box. Avoid leaving the device near a heat source or within the reach of an animal (cats and dogs love to chew on these appliances).

The hawley appliance

It is a small retention device made of a metal bar and an acrylic part in contact with the palate. It should be worn as recommended by Dr. Rizkallah.

Maintenance

After meals, brush your teeth and your device with toothpaste. Cleaning capsules for dentures are strongly discouraged.

The lingual wire

The lingual wire is a fixed wire glued to the back surface of the teeth so that they retain their position after treatment. The wire is usually placed behind the lower and upper anterior teeth. These wires remain on your teeth all your life. It is important to take care of it with a thorough brushing and daily flossing.

Your Orthodontic Specialists

Dr. Jean Rizkallah

DMD, MSc, FRCD(c), Orthodontist

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Dr. Jean Rizkallah is originally from Laval. He completed his pre-university studies at Collège Laval and Marianopolis College. A graduate of the University of Montreal in dentistry in 2009, Dr. Jean Rizkallah subsequently obtained a certificate in the multidisciplinary residency program of the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Center.

In 2014, Dr. Rizkallah completed his specialty in orthodontics and completed a master’s degree in dental sciences at the University of Montreal. He was recruited as a clinical professor at the Montreal Children’s Hospital where he supervises the treatment of patients with special needs and whose health is compromised. In addition to his studies and work, Dr. Jean Rizkallah enjoys sports, traveling and, above all, spending time with his family.

In August 2014, Dr. Rizkallah established his practice at 4400 de Salaberry Street to provide orthodontic services. During his practice at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, he discovered a passion and a facility to treat children. His warm approach and his patience will put you in confidence.

Dr. Jean Rizkallah is a member of the following dental associations:

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Dr. Clarice Nishio

DMD, MSc, PhD, FRCD(c), Orthodontist

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Dr. Clarice Nishio completed a Master’s degree in Dentistry, with an option in Orthodontics, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship in Cell Biology at the University of Montreal. She also obtained a Doctorate in Dental Medicine and a Doctorate in Orthodontics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Nishio has received several awards and honors and has even been a guest scientist at Hiroshima University.

In addition to being an associate professor at the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Montreal, Dr. Nishio offers quality orthodontic services at the Yulsmile clinic. Her gentle manner, contagious smile and meticulous work will immediately put you at ease.

Dr. Clarice Nishio is a member of the following dental associations:

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