Maintain Your New Smile
Once the active period of treatment is completed, your braces are removed. The next step is called retention. Retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums, and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. You must wear your retainer as instructed, otherwise your teeth may move toward their original positions and the benefit of wearing your braces will be lost.
Dr. Knierim will determine what type of retainer and how long you will need to wear your retainer. Time varies with each patient. Some patients may need retainers for an extended period of time in order to eliminate shifting of the teeth. In some cases, permanent retention may be necessary.