To ensure optimal stability at the end of a treatment, orthodontists all use retention
appliances that need to beworn as prescribed to be efficient.
Even if the majority of results are usually stable, there can be a
certain relapse in the position of one or several teeth for reasons
beyond our or your control.
If relapse is significant, which is not frequent, re-evaluation
will be necessary to determine if additional measures must be taken
to slow down the evolution or if other corrections are indicated.
Many types of appliances exist but the choice of the retention
appliance is made by the orthodontist depending on the treated
malocclusion, the results obtained, and the evaluation of the
potential for relapse of corrections.
Can retention appliances correct teeth?
NO, these appliances are passive appliances that do not have any
active components (except a few exceptions) that can move or
correct teeth. They are aimed at maintaining the corrections
obtained rather than correcting the position of teeth.
Some variations of appliances exist to make modifications in order
to achieve very slight dental movements when there are slight
relapses or very slight corrections to complete when the corrective
appliances are removed but this could not replace corrective fixed
appliances (braces, multi-bracket appliances) to correct dental