Why do I need a retainer?
Just as your teeth were able to move into their straight, optimal position, they can shift back if left unchecked. A retainer helps to hold everything in place even after your braces are removed or Invisalign® clear aligners are finished. You’ll be instructed to wear your retainer frequently for the first 6-9 months, and you can wear it only at night after that. Although you may not want to worry about a retainer, we strongly encourage you to use it as instructed so that your smile stays straight. Sometimes we will install a small permanent retainer behind your teeth so that you don’t have to worry about losing it.