The fact that the braces have been removed
does not ensure a lifetime of perfectly straight teeth.
The fact that the braces have been removed does not ensure a lifetime of perfectly straight teeth.
Following the removal of braces teeth have a tendency to ‘rebound’ toward their original positions. The more severe the original problem, the greater the tendency for the teeth to revert.
Retention refers to the wearing of any appliance that holds the teeth in their new positions and therefore, follows on from active treatment. We generally use removable retainers or plates, and bonded retainers or bonded wires.
Retention is the final stage of orthodontic treatment and in most cases we advise longterm.
Successful retention is dependent on the cooperation of the patient.
After 12-18 months of wearing retainers, the teeth are as stable as can be expected. Any change after that time is due to natural causes.
A great deal of research has proven that just as your face changes with age, so your teeth will shift with age. This is true for everyone, regardless of whether they have had Orthodontic treatment or not, and is especially true for the lower front teeth.
Even if you completed treatment some time ago, please contact the clinic for new retainers if necessary. Fees will incurred for new retainers if requested.