When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. Retainers are usually worn 24 hours a day for the first 6 months, 14-16 hours for the next 6 months and at night forever. We usually use a clear Invisalign-like retainer which is easy to wear and nearly invisible. These retainers will protect your teeth and help to keep them straight for a lifetime. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.