Orthodontic retainers are custom-made devices, usually made of wires or clear plastic, that hold teeth in position after surgery or any method of realigning teeth.
Why do teeth move after braces?
During orthodontic treatment your teeth are held in position by your braces, but once they’re removed, stretched elastic fibers in the gum try to pull the teeth back to their original position – something we call “orthodontic relapse”. It takes time for these fibers to remodel and stop pulling on the teeth.
Continued growth of the jaws can also encourage the teeth to move once treatment has been completed. To help avoid orthodontic relapse we provide our patients with retainers, which hold the teeth in their new position.