When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase includes the wearing of retainers and lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Your long-term orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Dr. Parker will instruct you as to the number of hours per day that retainers are to be worn to prevent your teeth from moving from their new positions.
Remember to remove your retainers before brushing, and brush your retainers before placing them back in your mouth. Any time you remove your retainers, please put them in the case we provide to prevent loss or damage. Pets are responsible for ruining many retainers that have been left near the edge of a table or in a book bag on the floor. Even the most well-behaved dog loves to chew on a retainer that's been left within reach, and many have been known to chew right through a retainer case!