Once the active period is completed, your braces are removed. The next step is called retention. Retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums, and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. 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.

Dr. Quinci will determine how long you need to wear your retainers. Time varies with each patient. Some people may need retainers for an extended period of time in order to eliminate shifting of the teeth.

The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected!

 
     
 

Remember, wear them in your mouth, not in your pocket. Retainers work when you follow our instructions.

Clean your retainers! After meals, clean all parts of the retainer with a brush.


Handle your retainers with care. Retainers are easy to lose. If you take your retainers out, always place them in your retainer case for safety. Click here for more information on caring for your retainers.

“Fixed Lingual Retainers” can also be chosen, when your bite allows their use: they are glued to the back of your teeth, so nobody can see it. They are mostly used for your lower teeth.