At the end of treatment we will provide you with retainers to support your straight teeth as they settle and firm up in their new position. You may be advised that this support should be continued at a lower level on a longer term basis.
However long term studies shows that relapse is unpredictable and it has been difficult to identify factors that may predict a patient’s risk of relapse but in general if you don’t wear your retainers as instructed your teeth might not stay straight.
Relapse following fixed appliances have shown that 10 years after retainers are stopped, up to 70% of patients may need re-treatment due to relapse.
Generally, every patient have the potential to relapse and the responsibility for retention is yours and you must be aware of this.
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