After orthodontic treatment is completed, it is very important for patients to wear a retainer to keep the teeth in their new position. Because teeth naturally shift with time, these appliances help prevent this “shifting back” from happening.


Clear retainers are clear trays that look like Invisalign aligners. These retainers make sure that the teeth will stay in position because of the vacuum-formed hard plastic that accurately prevents shifting.

The main benefit of clear retainers is that they are esthetic and made of a clear, BPA-free plastic material that makes them hardly noticeable. If a patient needs to wear a retainer throughout the day, a clear retainer is a great option; the wearer does not need to feel self-conscious about smiling because there is nothing to see! Another advantage of clear retainers is that they do not feel cumbersome. Because they do not cover the roof of the mouth, it’s easy for patients to adjust to these types of retainers and to speak confidently with them.

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Do you have to wear a retainer forever?

The length of time you will have to wear your retainer will depend on your individual treatment needs and the instructions provided by your orthodontist.

What is the purpose of retainers?

Retainers are orthodontic devices used after you finish your treatment with braces. Retainers keep your teeth in their new position and keep your results perfect.

How long do you have to wear retainers?

Some people need to wear a retainer all day for 4 months, while others have to wear theirs for 12 months. The amount of time will depend on your individual treatment needs.

How does a retainer work?

Retainers help teeth maintain their new position after you have completed your orthodontic treatment with braces.