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We Can Help You Achieve & Maintain A Beautiful Smile

Retention is an important part of the care provided by your local Ann Arbor and Taylor orthodontists, Dr. Brust and Dr. Stieper. Although braces are what most people imagine when they think about orthodontic care, retention is what helps make permanent the changes that braces initiate. Braces and retainers work together to ensure that child and adult patients enjoy optimal outcomes, a healthy smile, and naturally beautiful teeth. 

Retention Is A Necessary Stage Of Treatment

Sometimes patients wonder if retention therapy is really necessary. There are some important reasons why a retainer is used. For instance:

A retainer helps the shifting oral ligaments settle into place 
Retainers provide just a little extra support during the time period following the removal of braces
Thanks to a retainer, teeth are less likely to gradually drift back into misalignment

Even though teeth will look perfectly aligned following the removal of braces or the completion of a course of treatment with Invisalign, there is still a chance that teeth will shift back to their original position. A retainer prevents this from happening and preserves the hard work that patients have dedicated to improving their oral health.

Most patients will be instructed by their orthodontist to wear retainers for at least 24 months following treatment with braces or other aligners. However, unlike conventional metal or ceramic braces retainers can be removed to brush, floss, eat, and drink. The retainer must be worn in accordance with the treatment instructions provided by your orthodontist in order for to get the full benefits of this important treatment stage.

Protect Your Investment

Protect your orthodontic investment by carefully following any retention instructions given to you by Drs. Stieper and Brust. To learn more about maintaining your new smile or to find out about our various orthodontic procedures, contact us by calling (313) 299-9700 for our Taylor office or (734) 662-7200 for our Ann Arbor office. We look forward to hearing from you soon!