There is a common misconception that when the braces come off, the orthodontic treatment is finished. This could not be further from the truth! When your braces come off, we will begin the “retention stage” of your treatment. Once the teeth are in their final positions, it will take effort to keep them there, because the natural tendency is for the teeth to shift or drift back to their starting points. The retainers will hold the teeth in their corrected positions while the gums and bone structure adjust to their new positions. Retainer wear is critical to long term stability!