A metal or ceramic dental base is affixed to each tooth, and a dental wire is inserted through each base. The dentist is able to gradually train the teeth into proper alignment by regularly adjusting the wire.
When braces are removed, the “retention” phase begins for most individuals and a retainer is used to be sure that the teeth do not regress to their previous position. A retainer is a fixed or removable dental appliance which has been custom-made by the dentist to fit the teeth.
Retainers are worn for varying amounts of time, depending on the type of orthodontic treatment and the age of the patient. Perseverance and commitment are required.
If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, please contact our office.