Retainers help to maintain good tooth structure long after braces (or Invisalign®) have been removed. Usually, patients are required to keep wearing their retainers at night, which is usually enough to maintain alignment.
There are also types of retainers that cannot be removed. These are called bonded retainers, and they are permanently attached to the patient’s teeth. They are attached behind the teeth so they cannot be easily seen.
Retainers can also be used to shape and mold the jaw and teeth in conjunction with braces. In these cases, Sheema Samarrae and the team at The Teal Umbrella adjusts patients’ retainers periodically, urging reshaping.