When your braces are removed after your teeth are straightened, this is not the end of the orthodontic treatment. Although the ‘active’ phase of the treatment is complete, the next phase of orthodontic treatment known as ‘retention’ is as equally important. When the braces that once used to hold the teeth together are removed, the teeth have a natural tendency to move back towards their original position. This is why ‘retainers’ are required after the braces to hold the teeth in the new, corrected position, while the teeth and the surrounding gum and tissues adapt.
As you get older, you get wrinkles. With your teeth, there is some natural crowding of your teeth as you get older, whether you have had an orthodontic treatment or not. The orthodontic retainers will ensure that the teeth stay in the new position!