Once the active period is completed, your braces are removed. The next step is to introduce the retainer. 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 In some cases, permanent retention may be the best option. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and can help finalize your treatment.
It is important to follow the directions so that your teeth hold in their final positions. At first, wear your retainer all day and all night. We will tell you when you may reduce wearing time, but wear your retainer exactly as we instruct. Bring your retainers to each appointment. Remember to keep your retainer clean and remove before eating. Gently rinse or brush your retainer before reinserting. When not wearing your retainers, keep them in your case. Don’t leave them lying around or wrapped in tissue because they may be thrown away. Contact us with any questions you may have regarding retainers.