A retainer is a dental device that is custom-made for you to use after undergoing braces or Invisalign treatment. Because your teeth can shift throughout your life, retainers are used to help keep your teeth in their proper alignment long-term. Retainers come in many different styles, including wire retainers, plastic retainers, and fixed or non-removable retainers. Each type of retainer has its own advantages, and the retainer you choose will be based on your preference, as well as your orthodontist’s recommendation.
An experienced orthodontist is the best person to recommend the ideal retainer option for your needs and can monitor your alignment at periodic follow-up visits in order to help ensure your straight smile lasts a lifetime. Remember, retainers only work if you follow your doctor’s instructions for consistently wearing them. Patients who do not follow the recommendations given by an orthodontist may require repeat or new orthodontic treatments to correct misaligned teeth, which can be costly and time-consuming.