When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. Once the braces are removed, the teeth will have a tendency to shift. This tendency for the teeth to shift will ALWAYS exist. To prevent this, retainers are placed immediately after the appliances are removed, and we recommend indefinite retainer wear.
The best way to prevent the teeth from shifting is to continue to wear your retainer throughout your life. If you lose or break a retainer, call us immediately. If you notice a tooth moving, start wearing your retainer 24 hours a day and call us immediately.
After the retainers are placed, the retention phase begins. It is your responsibility to care for the retainers and wear them according to our instructions. We recommend that you see us twice a year for retainer visits the first year after your braces are removed. We also recommend that you see your family dentist at least twice a year from now on for regular check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist will let you know when and if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, but we will be happy to check them for you as well. Over the years, some minor shifting may occur. This is a natural process and does not require re-treatment.
Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.