Congratulations – your braces are off and you’re sporting a sparkling new smile. You’ve moved your teeth into the ideal position. So, let’s keep them there, discreetly and comfortably.
You’ll need to wear retainers to maintain your results. They work by holding your teeth in place to prevent something called orthodontic relapse.This is where your teeth start to move back to their original positions following orthodontic treatment. Something you want to avoid.
Retainers should be worn everyday or night if you want your results to last. Thankfully, they’re discreet and will soon become part of your daily routine.
Your clear, removable retainers will be custom made to closely hug your teeth and stop them from moving.
If you have private orthodontic treatment with us, you’ll be fitted with fixed retainers too.
Fixed retainers comprise of thin, stainless steel wires, which we attach behind your front teeth for extra protection against orthodontic relapse.
We’ll fit your fixed retainers when we remove your braces. They may feel a little strange at first, but you’ll quickly forget they’re there. They’re incredibly easy to look after. Just make sure you brush around them carefully to keep them clean.
If your treatment is funded by the NHS, we’ll supervise your retention for 12 months. If you pay for your treatment privately, you’ll receive one to two years of follow-up care.
During this time, you’ll come in for regular check ups, to make sure your teeth and retainers are doing well. It’s also a good time for you to check in with us with any questions or concerns. Don’t forget we’re here throughout your treatment and into aftercare, so you can always get in touch, whether you have an appointment or not.
Retainers aren’t designed to last indefinitely and will need replacing every few years. If you lose or break your retainers, contact us straight away. We’ll organise a replacement or repair as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of your teeth moving.
If your teeth have already moved, we have several invisible braces that can discreetly tackle orthodontic relapse and restore your smile.
Speak to your local orthodontic specialist if you have any questions.