Once the orthodontic treatment is completed and you and your orthodontist are happy with your bite and smile, your braces are removed. The next step in the orthodontic process is called retention.
How long retainers be worn?
Your orthodontist will determine how long you need to wear your retainer as time varies with each patient. Some people may need retainers for an extended period of time in order to eliminate shifting of the teeth. In few cases, permanent retention may be necessary. Most patients who have completed treatment only need to wear their retainer at night to keep teeth aligned.
What happens if the retainer is not worn regularly?
The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected. Retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums, and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. You must wear your retainer as instructed, otherwise your teeth may move toward their original positions and the benefit of wearing your braces will be lost.
Remember; wear them in your mouth, not in your pocket. Retainers work when you follow our instructions.
How to care for retainers
Clean your retainers! After meals, clean all parts of the retainer with a brush.
Handle your retainers with care. Retainers are easy to lose. If you take your retainers out, always place them in your retainer case for safety.