Orthodontic retention is the final stage of treatment and aims to maintain the teeth in their corrected positions after the completion of orthodontic tooth movement. Teeth will always have a tendency to return towards their initial position and also soft tissue changes and minor ongoing growth may affect the position of the teeth. Retainers are, therefore, indicated to maintain the final outcome of the orthodontic treatment and to resist the unwanted long-term age changes.
Types of Retainers
Retainers can be broadly classified as either fixed or removable.
Removable retainers allow the patient to remove them, but their success depends on long-term compliance.
This is a flexible spiral/multi-strand wire bonded to the back of anterior teeth. The patient must maintain excellent oral hygiene around the bonded retainers to reduce the chance of dental decay and gum inflammation.
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