When we remove your braces, you will begin the retention stage of your treatment. Retainers are used to keep your teeth from moving back to where they started. There are a variety of retainers that orthodontists use, each one chosen based upon the orthodontic issues that were addressed. We will discuss retainer options with you, letting you know which retainers we feel will work best for your treatment needs. Retainers are considered THE MOST important part of your treatment.
Retainers are worn for a lifetime to keep your teeth from moving, known as relapse. Typically, retainers are worn full-time (24/7) for the first few months, taken out only to eat and brush. Then retainers are worn part-time (12/7) for the next few years. After that, your teeth will not remember where they used to be aligned, but the muscles of your face still want to shift them around. So after two years, we will advise that you still put your retainers in several times a week.
Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth. When taking your retainers out to eat, please put the retainer in the case provided so that you do not lose or damage it. Your smile depends on your retainers being worn as prescribed, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far and your smile can last a lifetime!
Types of Retainers