Some form of retention is recommended for all patients following orthodontic treatment. Based on scientific evidence, we know that in a high percentage of individuals, teeth will undergo some shifting throughout our lifetime. Therefore, to minimize this risk, retainers are issued at the completion of active orthodontic treatment. Our lower retainer is usually bonded behind the lower six front teeth. This type of retainer is not only less bulky but also reduces the need to be compliant with wearing or not misplacing the retainer. The upper retainer, however, is typically a removable appliance. Therefore, compliance becomes a factor in its success. Initially, full-time wear is requested, however, this is soon reduced to nighttime wear only. Dr. Poppell offers the traditional Hawley with an adjustable wire as well as the clear aligner for the upper arch retainer.

Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, wear them as instructed, and keep them safe and protected. Retention should be considered a lifelong commitment for a lifetime results.