Retention

Here at Cater Galante Orthodontics, one of the best parts of our job is when we take our patients' braces off. This smile on their face as they see their newly straightened teeth, appliance-free, for the first time is incredible and really makes our jobs worthwhile. 

But this isn't the end of treatment. In fact, our patients are just about to embark on what is quite possibly, the most important phase of treatment. 

What is retention? 

Retention is the final phase in your orthodontic treatment journey. Once your braces have been removed, you'll enter the retention phase. This is when we ensure your newly straightened teeth stay in their new position and don't slip back to their old ways. 

What are retainers?

Retainers are the appliance used during the retention phase. They work to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums and muscles adapt.  There are two different types of retainers:

Removable retainers - these look like sports mouthguards or Invisalign aligners and can be removed if required.

Fixed retainers - these are small wires, a bit like thin archwires, which are fitted to the back surface of your teeth to hold them in position. These can only be removed by an orthodontist. 

You must wear your retainer as instructed, otherwise your teeth may move toward their original positions and the benefit of wearing your braces will be lost. 

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before and afters

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  • Retainer
  • Retainer
 

How long is the retention phase?

The length of time you will need to wear your retainer is determined by the extent of your treatment. Our specialist orthodontists will advise you on how long you need to wear yours from. Some people may need retainers for an extended period of time in order to eliminate shifting of the teeth; others may require permanent retention. 

Top tips for wearing retainers

  • Wear them in your mouth, not in your pocket.
  • Follow our instructions to get the best result from our retainers.
  • Clean your retainers after every meal. We'll show you how.
  • Handle your retainers with care. They are easy to lose so whenever you take them out, always place them in your retainer case for safety.
  • Remember, the retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected.

Want to know more about the retention phase? Give our friendly team a call today!

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