Are you getting ready to end your journey wearing braces? Congratulations on completing treatment! There are few times more exciting than the day when you get your braces removed. The day that you can look in the mirror and see your beautiful, straight smile is what patients with braces dream of for the entire length of treatment. Not to quickly put a damper on your excitement, but your journey towards straight teeth is not yet over. Braces being removed is the end of what is considered the active period of treatment. You are now moving into the retention period, which involves the use of a retainer to hold the teeth in place.
After wearing braces for many months, there is nothing more exciting than the day that braces are removed. We love to see our patients smiling from ear to ear, eager to show off their beautiful new smiles. Even though our patients are excited to show off their new smiles, it is important to understand that the journey to straight teeth is not over yet. There is still another device needed to help the teeth remain in beautiful condition—the retainer.