When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 12 months. However, to support life- long stability of your new smile, retainers can be worn indefinitely. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far by wearing them as recommended. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth. Fixed retainers, the kind that remain in your mouth, need special care. Be sure to brush and floss regularly. Excellent oral hygiene will keep your new smile healthy and beautiful!