As your choice for an adult and kids orthodontist in Toronto and North York, we at City Orthodontics are happy to provide our patients with top-notch care throughout the entire orthodontic process. While you may be excited in anticipation of your orthodontic treatment ending when your braces come off, or your last Invisalign aligners are worn. We want to give you a heads up that the process isn’t quite over just yet. There’s still one stage to go – the retention stage, which is a vital part of the orthodontic process.
Why the Retention Phase Is Needed
Retention is known as the last stage of orthodontic treatment. In this phase, you’ll wear an orthodontic appliance, known as a retainer. While orthodontic treatment had the purpose of moving your teeth into a straight, more attractive alignment, the retention phase is needed to maintain this positioning. If a retainer isn’t used, your teeth might shift back into their previous positions, erasing all the time and effort you put into giving yourself a much-improved smile. However, by using a retainer, you’ll be able to keep your teeth from shifting and retain your new, beautiful smile.