After your braces are removed you will move on to the retention stage. Dr. Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics in Cortlandt Manor, NY stresses that retention is a life-long commitment and that your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers. A retainer is needed post-braces because even though braces may have successfully straightened your teeth, they are not completely settled in their new position until the bones, gums and muscles adapt to the change. Also, after long periods of time, teeth tend to shift. The custom-made, removable appliance is typically made of rubber or clear plastic and metal wires that cover the outside surface of the teeth. We know, you just want to show off your teeth already—varying from patient to patient, a retainer needs to be worn all the time for the first six months and then usually only during sleep.
Please do no hesitate to contact Dr. Glaser at 914.739.6400 if you are transitioning into the retention stage of your orthodontic treatment or if you have lost or broken your retainer and need a replacement. Keep smiling!