Retention

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When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months but in order to maintain the finished result, we recommend continuing to wear your retainers at night as long as possible. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.

Removable Retainers

All orthodontic cases require some form of retention. Most cases are best retained using removable retainers. There are several varieties of removable retainers, and the doctor will recommend what is best for you. You must be very careful when handling your retainers, as they are fragile and costly to replace. You are given a special case for your retainer; please make sure you keep them in this case when not wearing it! To clean these retainers, brush them with toothpaste or a gentle hand soap and warm water every day.

Your retainers should be worn every night following braces removal. Remember: the only way to keep your teeth straight is to consistently wear your retainers! All teeth will move back (relapse) without the use of retainers!

Bonded Retainers

In some cases, the doctor may recommend using bonded retainers on either the front top or bottom teeth. A bonded retainer is a small wire glued to the back of the teeth. Bonded retainers require extra attention to brushing and flossing and are more prone to breakage than removable retainers. Not all patients are good candidates for bonded retainers! Bonded retainers are NOT permanent retainers and often still require the patient to wear an overlaying removable retainer in order to maintain straight teeth.

Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far!