Congratulations! You have spent months working toward your perfect smile, and you finally made it! You can now eat foods you have had to avoid due to their sticky or hard nature. However, there are still some important things to understand to keep your smile as perfect as it was the day your braces were removed.
After a patient completes orthodontic care, they are fitted and provided a retainer. According to Dr. John Budd, the retainer is as important – if not more important – than the braces themselves. A properly worn retainer will keep you smiling for years to come with well-aligned teeth. However, the retainer cannot do its job for you if you do not wear it at appropriate times.