Why are they needed?


Retainers hold the teeth in their corrected positions. When the teeth have finished being moved into their new positions, the braces are removed and retainers are provided. Teeth are no different to the rest of our body, nothing stays the same and everything moves with age! Retainers prevent any loss of alignment within each arch on which they are placed.

What sort of retainers are there?

There are many different sorts of retainers and your orthodontist will advise you what type is best for your individual situation. The amount of wear required for any removable retainer also varies on an individual basis.

What are the most common types of retainers?

Removable Retainer
Some removable retainers are clear plastic with no wires and some are a combination of plastic and wire.

Fixed Retainer
A fixed retainer is bonded to the back of two or more teeth. It requires a little extra effort with cleaning. It is most often used behind the lower front teeth.

General retainer instructions can be found on the links page - Lock in Your New Smile.