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Retention

After the removal of your braces, you move into the final stage of your treatment, called the retention stage. It lasts a minimum of 12 months, and may even last indefinitely depending on your original condition. Retainers support the teeth in their corrected positions and allow the teeth to settle into the established occlusion. It is important to remember to wear your retainer as directed. Failure to do so, even if only for a short time, may cause a relapse in your treatment. If your retainer is feeling tighter than when you last wore it you need to wear it more. Your final outcome depends on your use and care of your retainer.

There are two types of retainers:

Fixed Retainer

This type of retainer is a small wire that is bonded to the tongue side of your teeth and is permanent. You need to pay careful attention that it stays intact. If it becomes loose, please contact our office immediately.

Removable Retainer

This type of retainer can be removed when eating or brushing your teeth. You will need to put your retainers in a protective case when they are not being worn so they do not get lost or damaged. You will be given instructions as to the wear and duration of your retainers. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure the health of your beautiful new smile.