Retainers come in removable and fixed placement varieties. These appliances are used to hold teeth in their proper position following orthodontic treatment. Retainers are the key to permanence. We never stop changing – first in growth, then as we age. Teeth are a very unique body part. In fact, they are the hardest substance in the body. We can hold teeth to set their position better than any other body structure.
It is the retainers we give you at the end of treatment that allow the bone to heal around the roots with the crown of the teeth in the corrected position. The jaw needs time to adjust and solidify the bone with the teeth in the correct beautiful position. It is the retainers with which we request you cooperate to allow the corrections to last a lifetime. Your ARCH orthodontist and our team will give you instructions about how to wear and care for your retainer for best results.