Once you have completed your straighter smile treatment it is important to keep your teeth in their new position irrespective of which brace system we have used.
During your treatment, the teeth are held in position by your braces or aligners, but once treatment is finished, stretched fibre in the gum will try to pull the teeth back to their original position (known as relapse). It can take time for soft tissue to remodel, in addition, ongoing growth of the jaws will also encourage the teeth to move once treatment has been completed.
To ensure your teeth stay put, retainers are a lifelong commitment –but thankfully they are both comfortable, discreet and do not get in the way of your day to day life.
Retainers are either removable or fixed in place and we recommend their long -term use to ensure the ultimate cosmetic appearance for as long as possible. Removable retainers are worn just at night & fixed retainers are low profile wires attached to the back surfaces of the front 4-6 teeth and are permanently fixed in place.