If you wear braces or a clear aligner, chances are you are looking forward to the day when you are finally done. But once your braces come off or you are through with your last aligner, you still have one more step in straightening your smile. Our orthodontists will provide you with a retainer to wear after you are finished with your orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontics have done the work of moving your teeth and your jaw ligaments into their optimum positions. Your retainer will make sure they stay there.
There are three basic types of retainers:
Not everyone will need to wear a retainer for the same length of time. Some people may need to wear them while they sleep for several months, while others will have to wear them for life. No matter how long your treatment period lasts, it is extremely important to follow the instructions our orthodontists will give you on wearing and caring for your retainer.