The day you say good-bye to your braces is always an exciting one! However, your orthodontic care is not complete at that point. Maintaining your beautiful smile is just as important as creating your smile. Retention is how you maintain that smile.
When your braces are removed, you will be given two retainers. The upper retainer is usually removable and the lower retainer is usually “fixed” or glued to the inside of your front teeth. Dr. Smith may prescribe a different retainer that fits your specific situation.
The usual retainer procedure is to wear the upper retainer full-time for at least 6 months. After that time, you should plan on wearing your retainer EVERY NIGHT for the first year during which time we will be keeping an eye on your retention.
We will schedule 2 appointments, 3 months apart, and your last appointment 6 months later to evaluate your teeth and bite. At that time, Dr. Smith will instruct you about any further retainer wear.
It's important for orthodontic patients to realize that it only takes days without a retainer for some teeth to begin shifting back to their original position, especially within the first year after removing your braces. If you lose your removable retainer or if your fixed retainer comes loose in any area, please contact our orthodontic office as soon as possible. We’ll be happy to see your smile and ensure that it remains beautiful.