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Once the braces come off, you’re free to enjoy your new smile. But — although we hate to remind you — you’re not quite done yet! Some people neglect the final stage of orthodontic treatment, but wearing a retainer is the only way your smile stays beautiful for life.

Teeth do have a tendency to drift back to their original state prior to braces (orthodontic relapse). Fortunately, fixed or removable retainers can be worn to keep your smile in place.

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Benefits of wearing a retainer

  • Protect your smile - You invested time, care, and money in your new smile — now it’s time to protect it. Teenagers who don’t wear their retainers frequently have to come back for re-treatment. No one wants that, especially you!
  • Silent night - If you have problems with snoring, a retainer can help improve your breathing at night.
  • Spotless teeth - Crowding can return without a retainer which allows plaque and bacteria to more easily build up. Not only does a straight smile look great, it also helps keep cavities and tooth decay at bay.

Fixed retainers

A fixed retainer is a discreet, thin wire bonded to the back of your front teeth. It’s a permanent, low-maintenance option. You’ll be able to brush and floss your teeth as usual — make sure to clean around the retainer with floss or an interdental brush.

Removable retainers

These are clear removable aligners custom-made to fit your teeth exactly. You won’t have to wear the retainer all the time, but how often depends on your individual case. Some patients wear them overnight, or for just part of the day.

Removable retainers need gentle cleaning with a toothbrush and water. You’ll also be given cleaning tablets to keep them sparkling.

Correcting orthodontic relapse

If your teeth have drifted following orthodontic treatment, we have solutions! Braces (such as, Invisalign i7, Six Month Smiles, and FastBraces) have been designed to treat orthodontic relapse quickly and without another long course of treatment. Please book a consultation with Smile Dentist to discuss your options.

Retainers FAQs

Your Smile Dentist will advise you on which retainer will suit you best. However, the decision is ultimately up to you!

This is a sign your teeth are moving and you need to wear the retainer more often. Please get in touch for advice.

Please contact us straight away for a replacement.

Yes, we’ll happily make a spare retainer for you

  • Fixed retainer - from £250 per arch
  • Removable retainer - from £250 per arch

Please contact us for more information on your options following orthodontic treatment.

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