The day braces are removed is always an exciting day, however, orthodontic care is not complete. Maintaining a new smile and bite is just as important as the process of creating them. “Retention” is the phase immediately following active movement of the teeth. You’ll need to wear a retainer until your underlying bone, gums and muscles become accustomed to the new location of your teeth. This retention period is a vital part of your overall treatment. Neglect it, and you may jeopardize your new, healthy smile! After braces are removed, it may only take days for some teeth to begin shifting back to their original position, especially within the first year. The orthodontist will determine exactly how often you need to wear your retainer, as well as the total length of time you’ll need to wear it:
- Remember to wear your retainer in your mouth, not in your pocket. Retainers really work if you follow our instructions.
- Keep your retainer clean! After meals, clean all parts of the device with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Handle your retainer with care. Retainers are easy to lose – and they can break. When you remove your retainer, always place it in the proper storage case.