After your orthodontic treatment, the last thing you want is for your teeth to start moving back to their old position.

Retainers make sure your teeth remain in their new and improved position, giving them time to stabilise.

What are retainers?

Your retainers can be either fixed or removable. Fixed retainers consist of a wire that is glued to the back of your front teeth. This prevents these teeth from moving out of line and will ensure your smile stays straight. Removable retainers are made using digital impressions of your mouth. Thermoplastic, clear retainers are manufactured and are usually worn at night.

How long do I wear a retainer for?

The general consensus between orthodontists is that you should wear your retainer for as long as you want your teeth to remain straight. Wearing your retainer after your braces have been removed is really important as it will stop your teeth from moving back. Even after your teeth have stabilised, you should continue to wear your retainers as it will stop your teeth from moving due to the normal, age-related changes which often result in teeth moving later in life.

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