It is a true fact that retainers are a very important part of every patient’s treatment plan. Without a retainer to keep the teeth in place, the teeth will begin to shift naturally causing the treatment of your child’s braces to be compromised.
The retainer keeps the teeth in place after the braces are removed. There are many options out there for retainers such as a clear Essix, your old-school acrylic and wire, Hawley retainer, that will show the wire across your teeth, or a permanent retainer that is hidden behind your teeth with wire to keep your teeth in place.
Speaking to your Orthodontist about your options will help you decide which is best for you. Listen to your Orthodontist for the retainer schedule that is fit for you; normally patients are supposed to wear their retainer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a year after removal of the braces excluding eating and brushing your teeth. After 12 months, you may talk to your Orthodontist about your retainer treatment plan to keep your smile looking great!