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Retainers

After orthodontic treatment with fixed braces, retainers are usually provided to minimize the chance of relapse, or unwanted movements of the newly straightened teeth. Most patients are given clear plastic retainers to prevent relapse. Because the face continues to grow throughout life, a small amount of relapse can occur if patients stop wearing their retainers altogether. Therefore, patients who want to ensure that their teeth remain as straight as when their fixed braces were removed, may choose to continue wearing their retainers every other night on an indefinite basis.