Once the active period of orthodontic 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. Wiesemann will determine what type of retainer and how long you will need to wear your retainer. As a general rule, your retainers should be worn at all times with the exception of eating and brushing your teeth. Your retainer should also be removed when participating in sports that require a mouthguard or while swimming. After 12 months of full-time wear, Dr. Wiesemann may revise your retention treatment, allowing the retainer to strictly be worn at night. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.