When your braces are removed, you will enter the "Retention" stage of your treatment. This is the "holding stage"of your treatment and is more important than the "active" or braces stage of your treatment. Retainers are designed to retain or hold your teeth in their corrected position. Your Upper Retainer is a removable appliance that should be worn full time for 6 months after your braces are removed. As your teeth gradually settle into their new position, we will decrease you to night-time retainer wear. A commitment to wearing your retainer faithfully from this point forward is up to you.
Relapse refers to the movement of the teeth back toward their original positions after your braces have been removed. Ideally, your teeth should remain stable after the retention period; however, there are many factors beyond our control why your teeth will move. Periodontal (gum) disease, mouth breathing, and harmful tongue or oral habits are a few of the reasons. Improper wear of the retainer can also cause relapse.