At Utah Orthodontic Care, we strive to help our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles in the most convenient way possible. Our doctors and highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work hard to design a specialized treatment plan to perfectly suit every patient’s unique orthodontic needs, and we pride ourselves on maintaining a fun, friendly office environment. While much of the work of straightening teeth happens when actively using an orthodontic appliance, there’s another phase that’s just as important – retention.
We’ve seen it hundreds of times, but it’s always fun for us – the look of joy when a patient finally gets their braces off. We know you’ll be bouncing off the walls with excitement for your brand new, beautiful, healthy smile, but don’t leave just yet – your treatment isn’t over! Once we remove your braces, we begin the retention phase, which is one of the most critical parts of your treatment.
While your braces have done a great job at moving your teeth into their new positions, it’s important to realize that it takes some time for your jaw to set correctly. Without a retainer, your teeth will just move back to their original positions, erasing all of your hard work! Retention treatment prevents this, helping to cement your new smile to last the rest of your life.
Retainers are removable, wrap-around appliances that help keep your teeth in place. Each one is custom fitted to your mouth and they’re fragile and expensive to replace – so be careful not to lose or break them! We’ll give you a special case you can keep them in when not wearing them, and we remind you to brush them regularly to keep them (and your new smile) clean.
It’s likely that you’ll need to wear your retainers 24 hours a day at first, taking them out only to eat, brush your teeth, or play sports that require a mouth guard. We’ll monitor your development and let you know when it’s time to wear them less – first only at night, and then eventually only a few nights a week.
Have more questions about retainers or your treatment in general? We’re always here to help! Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at any one of our 9 convenient locations. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we look forward to crafting you a gorgeous new smile to last the rest of your life!