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The Importance of Retention in Orthodontic Treatment

Getting your braces off or completing your series of Invisalign clear aligners is an exciting point during orthodontic treatment. It’s at this time you get to see the amazing results of your brand new smile. Dr. Hunt and Dr. Cailluel of Dixon Orthodontics understand that you’ll be excited once this portion of your orthodontic treatment plan is complete, but you won’t be done quite yet. The last step to any orthodontic treatment, whether it be braces or Invisalign is retention.

What is Retention?

Retention is the part of orthodontic treatment that is designed to keep your teeth in proper alignment after your braces come off or your Invisalign clear aligner series is complete. In other words, retention ensures you keep the beautiful smile you and your local orthodontist have worked so hard on.

When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.