Following orthodontic treatment it is important that the teeth are held in their new straightened position. This can be achieved by wearing removable or fixed retainers or a combination of the two.

Removable Retainers

Removable retainers are usually clear plastic shields that you wear at night time. This is the type of retainer usually provided for NHS patients.

Fixed Retainers

A fixed retainer is thin wire that is bonded to the inside surface of the front teeth. Private patients may choose to have this type of retainer or a combination of both fixed and removable retainers.

What will happen if I do not wear my retainer?

If you do not wear your retainers your teeth are very likely to drift towards their original positions. If this happens this will not be possible to correct without retreatment. A second course of NHS treatment cannot be provided if you have failed to wear your retainers as prescribed.