Retention involves wearing a retainer on a recommended basis after your braces come off. It is considered the final phase of your orthodontic treatment. One of the worst mistakes a patient can make is to neglect the importance of the retention phase, as this prevents the teeth from migrating back to their original position, which they will tend to do until they settle into their new place.
The retention phase can look different for each patient. While some patients benefit from wearing their retainer all day long, others may be able to simply wear the appliance at night. In addition, your retainer may be fixed or removable. Some parents prefer a fixed retainer to avoid their child losing it or to ensure it gets worn for the recommended time frame. In general, the retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months but is largely based on your age when your braces come off. It may be recommended that younger patients wear their retainer in some capacity until their jawbone stops growing.
The Importance of Wearing Your Removable Retainer
It is important for all patients to realize that their final orthodontic result is strongly influenced by how well they follow their retainer instructions. You’ve worked hard to attain that straight and beautiful set of teeth. Slacking in your retention phase could sabotage your final outcome and investment.
When it comes time to choose a retainer, Dr. Kincer will carefully guide you to select one that fits your needs and preferences best. We will also give you detailed instructions on how to wear your retainer and clean it properly. For optimal dental health, it is important to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.
To learn more about orthodontic retention, contact Dr. William R. Kincer in Marietta. We treat children, teens and adults in a caring atmosphere.