After the removal of braces, retainers are fitted and placed to maintain the orthodontic corrections as the bone is allowed to reorganize to stabilize the results. Orthodontic retainers are custom devices, usually made of wire, acrylic and/or clear plastic, that can be fixed (permanent) or removable. Dr. Tendler will make the appropriate retention recommendations when your treatment is coming to an end, but regardless of your treatment plan, retainers are a must!
Permanent retainers are composed of a wire glued to the back or lingual portion of the front teeth, and they require very good oral hygiene and home care. Removable retainers are easier to keep clean but also easier to lose. Therefore, always remember that when the retainers are not in your mouth, they should be resting inside the retainer case. Retainers can get lost easily, so think wisely.
Dr. Tendler will continue evaluating your teeth and your retainers following the removal of your braces. Our teeth have the potential to shift throughout life, so long-term retention is necessary to prevent undesirable shifting associated with the normal aging process.