Why Wear a Retainer After Braces

Why Wear a Retainer After Braces
Posted on 12/15/2021

At White Orthodontics in O’Fallon & Florissant, MO, we want to remind you that although your braces are removed, that does not mean that your orthodontic journey is complete. The retention stage is key to the success of the entire orthodontic process. For a minimum of 24 months, your teeth will not be rigidly set, and you will be responsible for consistently wearing your retainers. Our orthodontists and staff will ensure your teeth stay straight and aligned for a beautiful, bright smile!

The Purpose of a Retainer


Retainers are essential to your orthodontic treatment. Once the treatment phase is complete, our orthodontists want your teeth to stay aligned in the correct position. This is where retention comes in. Retainers keep your newly straightened teeth in the correct position. If you do not wear your retainer, your teeth may shift back to their original positions and you may need additional orthodontic treatment. At White Orthodontics, we want to avoid this and keep your teeth straight from the moment your braces come off.

Benefits of Wearing a Retainer After Orthodontic Braces

Our orthodontists want you to wear your retainers for these important reasons:

  • Stabilize Your Bite: When your braces are removed, the soft tissues in your mouth and bones still need time to adapt to their new position. By continually and consistently wearing a retainer, your tissues and bones will stabilize and any shifting that occurs will be minimal.
  • Wisdom Teeth: For most patients, they will receive early orthodontic treatment during their preteen and teen years, meaning right around the time that wisdom teeth show up. By wearing your retainer, you will ensure that the eruption of wisdom teeth will not move your straight teeth out of their new position.
  • Bones & Gums Are Aligned: Retainers not only straighten your teeth and keep them in the desired position, but they also align your bones and gums with your teeth. Your retainer will work to strengthen and stabilize your teeth along with your bones and gums.
  • Prevent More Orthodontic Treatment: By wearing your retainer every day and night, you will prevent your teeth from shifting, ultimately preventing more orthodontic treatment.

Schedule an Orthodontic Appointment at White Orthodontics Today!

If you are looking for quality Florissant & O’Fallon braces at a trusted orthodontic office, you’ve come to the right place. Contact White Orthodontics in O’Fallon & Florissant, MO to schedule your first appointment for orthodontic braces. Our orthodontists and staff will evaluate your teeth and bite and determine the best course of action for your treatment. Request an appointment online today! We look forward to seeing you soon.