Caring for your smile does not stop when your braces are removed. Retention is a KEY component of orthodontic treatment, and Dr. Nooshi Akavan and her team at Akavan Orthodontics in Tarzana, CA, understands that many people do not realize the great importance of wearing retainers. She warns that not wearing a retainer will cause teeth to shift overtime.
If shifting occurs contact us immediately! Maintaining your beautiful new smile requires wearing a retainer as directed. It is extremely disappointing to both the patient and the doctor when teeth move back to their original position as a result of no or poor retainer wear. If movements are minor, retainers may be able to regain correction, but if the relapse or shifting is too severe retreatment may be necessary. Dr. Akavan is here to help with any problems.
Note that like braces, retainers are the tightest in the first few days after delivery. Dr. Akavan encourages patients to wear their retainer fulltime for a fixed amount of time, followed by INDEFINITE nightwear for the rest of their life. She also warns that because of its removable nature it may be tempting to not wear your retainer as instructed and/or easy to misplace your appliance. Keep in mind that your retainer will help you maintain your gorgeous smile for a lifetime!