Since teeth try to move back partially along the path they have been moved unless the teeth are guided carefully for 9-12 months after treatment, it is advisable, for most patients, to wear retainers to manage this after-treatment movement phase.

An important concept to be aware of is that teeth never lose the potential to move and even though the teeth may have been retained for many years, they can still move into a different position at any later stage, whether you have had orthodontic treatment or not. We will advise you of ways in your specific case to reduce the risk and the amount of movement after treatment.