During Orthodontic treatment, you’ll wear a suitable brace device that gently guides your teeth into alignment. This is known as the ‘active phase’ of treatment.
Once the device is removed from your teeth, your Orthodontist will give you retainers, for the ‘retention phase’ of treatment.
A retainer is a custom-made, removable or fixed appliance that helps teeth maintain their new position after braces have been removed.
Wearing your retainer is key to the lasting success of Orthodontic treatment because even though the braces have moved your teeth, they are not completely settled in their new position until the bone, gums and muscles also adapt to the change.
The time frame for wearing your retainer will vary from patient to patient. If you don’t wear it, your teeth will shift again!
Sometimes retainers are used to correct minor orthodontic issues; or in young children. Some cases require the retainer to be worn during the day for a while; then just at night.