Once braces and aligners treatment is complete and teeth are in position, we use retainers to keep them this way.
Retention is known as a ‘post-active’ treatment.
Retention can be achieved using a fixed method, or removable method (similar to clear aligner).
At Creating Great Smiles we find the fixed retention method highly effective – a small metal bar, contoured to sit flush against the back of the teeth, is bonded using composite (filling material).
Removable retention (removable plates, clear plastic or acrylic and wire) are also an option. These retainers hold tooth alignment, and patients are required to wear them consistently (8-10hrs usually at night). Compliance with removable plates can be an unknown factor of retention in many patients.
We use removable retainers as well as fixed retainers, especially where there have been missing teeth or if extractions were required. The wear of removable retainers is often reduced after a year.