Retaining Your Perfect Smile
Braces and other orthodontic treatment will help give you your best, most beautiful smile – but the “retention” phase of orthodontics is just as important to ensure you can enjoy those great results for life.
A retainer is an orthodontic appliance that is used to help hold your teeth in place to prevent shifting, or “relapse,” once orthodontic treatment is finished.
Types of Orthodontic Retainers
Retainers typically come in three main types:
1. Fixed, or permanently attached (bonded) to the back of your teeth using a wire to hold your teeth in place. Fixed retainers are convenient because they are permanently attached to your teeth, which means you won’t have to worry about forgetting it at home. Fixed retainers do require a bit of extra effort when brushing and flossing, just as with braces, to get around the wire.