During our consultations we always make sure we cover this with patients at the beginning. It’s one of those things patients may not even be aware of when first starting treatment
Once you’re teeth are straight, we want them to stay straight, so we recommend you retain them. This basically means doing something to keep them (retain them) in their new position we include this in our new Invisalign packages.
Why do you need retention?
- All teeth move, always! Yes all our teeth are always moving to some degree and in some way. This is a natural aspect of teeth. Some move so little you’ll never notice it, some move a lot especially as we get older teeth might tend to move towards the midline of the face creating crowding and crooked teeth that never used to be there.
- Your teeth are most at risk of moving back or relapsing in the first 1-2 years following your treatment.
- Whilst it’s true some patients find after the first few years their teeth settle into place and don’t use anything to keep them straight, this isn’t the case for all or indeed most patients. I tell all my patients you need to be prepared to retain your teeth for as long as you want to keep them straight!
We will discuss this in much more detail with you and which of the retention options are right for you in your individual case.
We also provide an information sheet and pricing on retention options, this is also available for non patients on request, simply click here to request from our reception team.