Your braces have been removed and your smile is beautiful and straight, but your orthodontic journey isn’t complete. To keep your teeth in their newly aligned positions, you’ll have to wear a retainer to maintain your results. Retainers are needed to control or limit potential changes in tooth position that are caused by pressure from the lips, cheeks, and tongue. Retainers are used after orthodontic treatment to hold teeth in their correct alignment while the surrounding gums, bones, and muscles adjust to the new positions of your teeth. Retainers also keep your teeth from shifting long-term as a result of changes to your facial and dental structures as you age.
Retainers are custom-made and can be removable or fixed. Certain retainers are better for specific orthodontic issues so Dr. Courtney will prescribe the retainer that is best for your unique situation.