End of Treatment/Retainer Phase

Braces are a time of staying away from certain foods, modifying other foods, learning different techniques to brushing and flossing and time invested going to regular visits. Removal of the braces is a monumental moment for most however it is not the end of the patient's treatment. This process begins the start of a retention and observation period of orthodontic care. This part of your orthodontic treatment is just as important as actively moving teeth with braces. Once the teeth have been moved into their desired positions, a period of time is needed to stabilize the teeth so that surrounding bone and soft tissue can conform to your new dental alignment.

The first year to year and a half patients will continue to see Dr. Dunn about every 3-6 months. It is crucial for patients to wear their retainers as the doctor prescribes in order to maintain the bite and alignment you have achieved. Teeth have the tendency of shifting back into their pre-braces positions and will likely shift if you do not follow Dr. Dunn's instructions very specifically with your retainers.

For lasting success from orthodontic treatment:

  • Wear your retainer as prescribed.
  • Don't let your retainer become distorted, bent, or otherwise damaged.
  • Call for a repair appointment if your retainer is damaged or loosened.
  • Keep your retainer clean and floss regularly.
  • Keep your retainer in its case when not being worn.
  • Be committed to maintaining your beautiful smile.
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