After Your Braces Are Removed
On the exciting day when your braces are removed, you will receive a personalized cake baked by Dr. Sanford to celebrate! However, you will not be finished with orthodontic treatment yet. The next phase called retention will begin. Retention is a critical follow-through stage that involves wearing orthodontic appliances called retainers. Wearing retainers is necessary because teeth actually have a “memory” and will want to revert back to their previous position.
You will be fitted for retainers shortly after your braces are removed. We will take another set of impressions. Several different types of retainers are available, and they are custom made just for you. Dr. Sanford will recommend the type which he feels will work best for you and will tell you when and how long to wear them.
FIXED BONDED RETAINERS
Fixed bonded retainers are usually Dr. Sanford’s preferred option for adults following completion of their treatment. Like lingual braces, these retainers consist of a wire which is bonded to the inside of some of the teeth and prevent the teeth from moving. They may remain in place for months or indefinitely. Fixed retainers are cleaned by brushing and flossing. A floss threader and interproximal brush can also be helpful.