WEAR OF RETAINERS AFTER BRACES ARE REMOVED
After your braces are removed, the ‘active’ phase of orthodontic treatment is finished. It is important to realize however that this is not the end. Your orthodontist will have discussed with you the importance of your role in the ‘retention’ phase of orthodontic treatment before you had your braces placed. Wearing retainers after braces are removed is important because once braces are removed, your teeth may move or relapse towards their original (crooked) position. This is due to the elastic fibres in the gums surrounding the teeth acting like small rubber bands pulling on the teeth, in addition to natural movement of teeth that occurs as we age, regardless of whether we have had orthodontic treatment or not. Retainers help to hold the teeth in their new positions while the surrounding gums and bone adapt.
It is extremely important that you wear your retainers according to the instructions we give you when your braces are removed. Failure to do so will result in unwanted tooth movement and a change in your beautiful new smile. Retainers can consist of a combination of removable plates and fixed wires on the side of the teeth.