Innovative Smiles
1042 E Wardlow Road, Long Beach, CA 90807

Dental Retainers
in Long Beach

Dentist Long Beach 9 Retainers

What Are Retainers?

Retainers are orthodontic devices designed to keep teeth straight, particularly after orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign. Retainers help keep your teeth in their new, correct position after braces or Invisalign. While it can be tempting to go without a retainer, a fair number of patients will need them to preserve their hard-earned results of orthodontic treatment. At Innovative Smiles in Long Beach, we work with each patient to provide tailored orthodontic treatment that can improve their smile’s health and appearance.

Why Do I Need a Retainer?

Braces keep your teeth in a straight position for a long time. However, once the braces come off, nothing keeps your teeth from returning to their previous position. Everyday habits like chewing and grinding apply forces to your teeth and can move them. This shift in position can happen because the gums, bones, and muscles are not used to not having braces. You can think of retainers like this: Braces straighten your teeth, but your retainer keeps them that way. They help your teeth “retain” their position.

What Types Of Retainers Are There?

  • Hawley retainers are made up of plastic or acrylic and wire, sculpted to the contours of your mouth.
  • Clear or “Essix” retainers are clear, molded plastic retainers that resemble Invisalign products.
  • Fixed retainers are attached to the back of the front teeth.

How Long Will I Need a Retainer?

How long you will need your retainer depends on the individual. Some may only need to wear a retainer for 6 months, while others may need to wear one for years or for their entire life. The best way to know how long you will need a retainer is to discuss your treatment plan with your dentist or orthodontist. The important thing is to stick to the regimen of wearing your retainer as your dental specialist prescribes.

What Happens if I Don’t Wear My Retainer?

It’s important to wear your retainer as your orthodontist recommends in order to maintain your new smile. Without wearing your retainer, the teeth you’ve worked so hard to straighten can shift back out of place, becoming misaligned all over again. This means that all of the time and money spent on your treatment can all be for nothing. That is why wearing your retainer as instructed is so crucial to being able to enjoy your orthodontic treatment results.

Schedule a Visit Today

Whether you have a retainer or need to start orthodontic treatment, we are here to help. Use our online form or call our office to set up a visit and stay on top of your orthodontic care. Our team of dental professionals will help you find the best solution for your smile for lifelong oral health. Contact us today to get started and ensure that your smile is in good hands!


Patient Testimonials

I normally hate the dentist, it gives me so much anxiety!!! This experience was so pleasant and exciting! The doctor was very thorough in explaining and answering any questions! Everyone was so nice and the office is super clean, cute, & modern! I am glad to have one doctor that I trust!!

\ Lauren W. (Google)

I recently visited Dr. Jesmine Boghawala’s long beach dental office for Invisalign, and I couldn’t be happier with the service I received. From start to finish, my experience was exceptional, and I am excited to share my positive feedback.

First and foremost, Dr. Jesmine Boghawala’s is a fantastic dentist. Her expertise and experience were evident throughout the entire procedure. She took the time to explain each step of the Invisalign process, ensuring I felt comfortable and informed. Her gentle approach and attention to detail made the treatment a breeze. I truly appreciate her professionalism and commitment to patient care.

Furthermore, the entire team at the office was friendly and welcoming. From the moment I walked in, I was greeted with warm smiles and genuine hospitality. The employees demonstrated a deep understanding of customer service, making me feel valued and at ease. Their professionalism and dedication to creating a positive atmosphere were evident throughout my visit.

The office itself is brand new, and it is immaculate. The cleanliness and organization of the facility exceeded my expectations.

One of the aspects I truly appreciated about this dental office was the ample parking available.

I discovered her office through my CPA, whose office is located next door. I feel fortunate to have found such an excellent dentist right in my neighborhood. Given my positive experience, I will certainly be returning for any future dental needs.

\ Farnoosh B. (Google)

“Great Dentist and nice brand new dental clinic 🙂 Next door is also tax office so I try to combine both appointments to have both important things done at the same time. It’s also convenient located and lots of parking!”

\ AirbnbAssistantCOM. (Google)

“Very clean and modern facility. Doctors and staff are helpful and attentive. Thank you!”

\ Justin F. (Google)

“The procedure was such a breeze and they were so right. From the surgeon to the assistant I can’t recommend this place enough to calm all your nerves and dental anxiety.”

\ Charisma B. (Google)

Jeanine and the staff were very helpful and patient with me! The atmosphere here is very peaceful and relaxing, which really helped me with my dental anxiety.

\ Kelly M. (Google)

Dr. Jesmine and Team have always been a breathe of fresh air when it comes to Dentistry customer service and care. I live in Long Beach but I started at their new Cerritos location. The location is beautiful and well kept and their staff were always welcoming, warm and hospitable. They were always very helpful when explaining services needed, insurance questions and best short term and long term options for me personally. As soon as I heard about their Long Beach location opening, I jump on the opportunity to schedule appointments there too and as expected, the location is clean, aesthetic and staff is equally as welcoming as Cerritos. From one woman owned small business owner to another, they know what matters to customers and they are implementing it at the highest level. I’ll be referring local friends and family to them for sure!

Whitney F. (Yelp)


If you are ready to experience the Innovative Smiles difference, call to schedule an appointment today. Our skilled team is eager to craft the smile of your dreams.

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