Skip to main content
770-521-2100 Contact Us
Retention Milton, GA


It is a day to celebrate when you finally are able to enjoy your straight, beautiful smile after having braces. Although the braces period of treatment may be over, to keep those teeth aligned you must care for your smile with teeth retention. Regardless of the type of braces you had, you will need to wear a retainer to keep those teeth aligned and in place. As part of our orthodontic treatments, our experienced orthodontist Dr. Patel offers both fixed and removable retainers to help you maintain that beautiful smile.

Wearing Retainers after Braces

It is imperative that retainers are used after having braces to keep teeth from shifting out of place. In theory, retainers should be used for the rest of your life to maintain your straight, aligned teeth. A retainer will give your teeth enough support to prevent movement or shifting that could undo the repositioning that happened while the braces were worn.

Removable and Fixed Retainers

There are two main types of retainers available for the retention portion of your orthodontic treatment: removable and fixed. Both can help you maintain your aligned straight teeth, but each also has pros and cons.

  • Removable retainers
    Removable retainers are worn for a portion of every day, usually at night. The pros are that you can have the freedom of no retainer for most of the day and can easily keep up your oral hygiene routine. The biggest cons are that removable retainers can become lost, forgotten or damaged.
  • Fixed retainers
    Fixed or permanent retainers are placed in the mouth and keep your teeth in place 24/7. The biggest pro for fixed is that they tend to offer more sustained results and you don’t have to worry about putting them in or losing them. As a con, it can be more difficult to floss and keep plague at bay.

When it comes time to choose a retainer, Dr. Patel will help you or your child find the best option. For more information on our orthodontic services at Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry or to schedule an appointment for you or a family member, contact us today.

Our Patients Reviews


Based on 154 reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Demtal Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

Christy D.