When we are happy with your treatment result and have determined that your braces can be removed, it is very important that a retainer be worn to keep the teeth straight. Retainers may be removable or fixed to the teeth. Your orthodontist will recommend which will be the best for you.
The retainer can be cleaned after eating with toothpaste and a toothbrush. If it is a removable retainer place it in a plastic container when not in use.
See your dentist or dental hygienist twice a year for professional cleaning, and the orthodontist for regular maintenance appointments.