Retainer

About Braces

Retainer

Removing braces signals the start of the retention and observation period of your orthodontic care. Please remember that this part of your orthodontic treatment is just as important as the active movement phase in determining the ultimate success of your treatment. Once the teeth have been moved into their desired positions, a period of time is needed to stabilize the teeth so that the surrounding bone and soft tissues can conform to your new dental alignment. When braces are removed, it’s a good time to review several important aspects of care.

Typically, a removable retainer is worn at night only. A bonded retainer may be used on the inside of the lower front teeth and in some cases on the inside of the upper front teeth. The bonded retainer will be worn indefinitely as long as there are no problems with oral hygiene. If a decision to remove your bonded retainer is made, a removable retainer will be fabricated and will be worn while sleeping. It is the patient’s responsibility to wear retainers as prescribed.

For lasting success from orthodontic treatment, don’t let your retainer get bent or otherwise damaged. Call our office for a repair appointment if your retainer is damaged or loosened. Keep your retainer clean and in its case when not being worn.