Once the main part of orthodontic treatment is done, it’s natural to want to show off your new smile and start reaping the benefits of having your concerns resolved. But, it is important to note that your newly aligned teeth will not remain straight without something to hold them in place. All patients will require an orthodontic retainer as the final step of the treatment process – and wearing the retainer as instructed can mean the difference between maintaining your results and reverting back to some of the problems that needed treatment in the first place.
A retainer is a customized oral appliance designed to be worn after your braces (or other orthodontic treatment system) have been removed. Retainers are designed to protect the teeth from shifting back to an undesirable position after treatment. They are very important and delicate appliances, so it’s important to wear them as often as directed and to know how to properly care for them. Our practice offers some good advice on how to carefully remove your retainer without damaging or weakening it, as well as guidance on cleaning your retainer. Please take a look at our page on orthodontic retainers to find more details on tips and tricks that can help you maintain your beautiful new smile for many years to come!