Keep your newly created smile with the help of retainers
Once braces are removed at the completion of active orthodontic treatment, you will receive retaining appliances (retainers).
What are retainers?
Retainers may be removable plates or wires fitted behind the teeth. You must wear your retainer (or retainers if you need one for the upper teeth and one for the lower teeth) to prevent teeth from shifting from their new positions.
Retainers play an important role in orthodontic treatment. If they are not worn according to instructions, the teeth are likely to move back toward their original position.
A variety of retainers are available
There are many types of retainers and just about as many sets of instructions on when to wear them. There are removable retainers and permanent retainers. There are clear, plastic retainers and retainers with wires. Your orthodontist may direct you to wear your retainers all day and night for a year. After that, you may be told to wear them just at night. Finally, you may be told to wear the retainers a few nights each week.
Keep your new smile looking great
The important thing is that retainers must be worn frequently enough and long enough to keep them fitting comfortably. It takes about nine months for your periodontal ligaments (the connective tissues that attach the tooth to the bone) to stabilize the tooth in the new position.
Wearing your retainers according to your orthodontist's instructions means you will keep your new smile looking great for longer!