No matter how perfect orthodontic treatment is, there’s always a slim chance of a relapse. Sometimes teeth just want to go back to the position they were before treatment started. To prevent this from happening, Dr. Kortman will install retainers after removing the braces to make sure your perfect new smile lasts the longest.

Retainers can be fixed or removable. Fix retainers are made of a special wire that is bonded to the back of your teeth with tooth-color composite resins. They are not visible when you smile, and they are typically chosen for lower teeth. Removable retainers, on the other hand, are similar to the clear aligners used for orthodontic purposes, but they are passive (don’t move your teeth), and you should only wear them overnight.