Monthly Archives: January 2014

Does Everyone Who Has Braces Have to Wear Retainers?

two.tone.braces.elasticsThe simple answer is yes.  There are two main reasons why.  First, your gums have little elastic fibers in them that attach to the teeth. There is actually a protein in your gums called elastin. The elastic fibers in your gums act like little rubber bands.  When you straighten a crooked tooth, the elastic fibers get stretched out and want to recoil to their original positions. These fibers “remember” where the teeth were before treatment began and are the main cause of teeth getting crooked again after orthodontic treatmentContinue reading