Once the active period of orthodontic treatment is complete, your braces will be 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 relapse (move toward their original positions) and the benefit of wearing your braces will be lost.
Dr. Retoma will recommend the duration you will need to wear your retainer. Time varies with each patient. Some people 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. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected!
Retainer Color Picker
Click on the image below to launch the braces color picker. It will launch our module in a separate window and may help you select which colors you'd like your braces to be.
Remember to wear your retainers in your mouth, not in your pocket. Retainers work when you follow our instructions.
Clean your retainers! After meals, clean all parts of the retainer with a brush.
Handle your retainers with care. Retainers are easy to lose. If you take your retainers out, always place them in your retainer case for safety. More information on caring for your retainers.