Orthodontic retention is the final phase of the orthodontic treatment and often involves the use of a retainer to help maintain proper teeth alignment and reduce the chances of unwanted shifting. Without proper care, patients risk the chance of their teeth relapsing to their original shape. To prevent this, it is important that you follow your personalized retention plan which will be provided by our orthodontic team.
The most common retention treatment is the use of a retainer. Our custom-made retainers can be removable or fixed depending on your specific needs. Most retainers that we use are made of rubber or plastic and may include metal wires that help position your teeth. You can expect to have to wear a retainer every night to ensure your teeth do not shift. The first 6 months are often vital for healthy teeth alignment, but the time frame shifts per patient. Thankfully, a retainer is very easy to wear and maintain.