When we remove your braces, you will begin the retention stage of your treatment which is the most important. The retention phase lasts FOREVER! Just like your hair and skin, your teeth will change over time. The only way to protect your amazing smile is to wear retainers forever. Most of the time this means wearing a retainer at night only. 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.
Types of Retainers:
Hawley (a wire that sits across the front teeth with acrylic covering the roof of the mouth or behind your lower front teeth (you can pick fun colors for that!)
OR, you can choose a clear retainer that looks like Invisalign:
On the Lower arch, we recommend a bonded (permanent) retainer on the back of your teeth. No need to remove this, and as long as the retainer is in place, the teeth stay put!