After completion of fixed braces treatment, it is important to hold the teeth in the new position till the surrounding tissues get settled. For this, Hawley-type of removable orthodontic retainer is given.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment will last a lifetime if patient strictly wears orthodontic retainer as per Doctor’s instructions. A leaflet, with printed instructions for the retainer, will be given at the time of retainer delivery.
Failure to wear the retainers will surely result in undesirable movement of the teeth, which could necessitate re-treatment.
In case of inability to wear the retainer (due breakage or lost retainer), consult the orthodontist immediately.