Congratulations! Your big day has finally arrived and your braces have been removed. We know you are excited and proud of the effort you’ve put forth to achieve your new smile; but, your work is not finished. Your teeth must be retained, or held in their new positions until the bone, gums, tongue, and lips have adapted themselves to the new positions of your teeth. If you did not make an effort to retain the teeth following their orthodontic movement, they would tend to move back to their original positions.
You have been fitted with delicate plastic appliances called Retainers, which are custom designed and constructed for each patient. Retainers must be relatively thin in order to have a minimal effect on speech, and so must be handled with care to avoid breakage. While your first set of retainers are included in your original fee, an additional charge will be made for lost or broken retainers or for replacing retainers that do not fit properly due to improper wear.