Why Do I Need Retainers After My Orthodontic Treatment?

At Taunton Orthodontics we want you to think of your orthodontic treatment as a journey towards a healthier smile! While we know you have been anxiously anticipating the day your braces come off (and you should!), remember – the journey doesn’t end here! To maintain an amazing healthy smile for life, orthodontic retainers are an essential part of treatment.

A retainer helps stabilize your teeth after treatment so that ideal alignment can be maintained for life.

Teeth naturally tend to move or shift with time, even in people who never had braces or Invisalign. If you did have orthodontic treatment, your teeth are susceptible to relapse. Relapse occurs when your teeth and bite start to shift back to their previous positions. Orthodontic relapses can occur when patients who have had treatment neglect wearing their retainers. Therefore, it is essential that you wear retainers as instructed by your orthodontist!

Retainers are made to fit each patient’s exact shape and form of their teeth. Depending on the individual case, your orthodontist will recommend permanent or removable retainers, depending on your condition. In some cases, both permanent and removable retainers can be suggested to make sure that your teeth stay in their proper place.

If you would like to learn more about your options for orthodontic treatment or retainers in Whitby, Brooklin or Oshawa, contact us at Taunton Orthodontics.

– The Taunton Orthodontics Team

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