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Ensuring your smile stays perfect

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We make every attempt to ensure your teeth remain straight, stable and stunning after treatment. It is normal for some tooth movement to occur throughout life, which is why we encourage all of our patients to wear retainer braces.

You will be fitted with a retainer brace once your orthodontic treatment has been completed and we recommend that you wear it overnight to ensure your teeth remain in the perfect position. If retainers are not worn your teeth are likely to drift towards their original positions and if this happens, it may not only be difficult, but impossible to realign the teeth.

Removable retainers are made of clear plastic and gently hold the teeth in their new position. Fixed retainers are attached behind the teeth to ensure long-term stability and are particularly useful to maintain alignment of the lower teeth or where teeth were very rotated. They may be left in place for a long time and will be monitored initially by the orthodontist and eventually by your own dentist.

Find out more from the British Orthodontic Society about why retainers are so important: