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The Importance of Wearing Your Retainer Philadelphia, PA
Retainer Philadelphia, PA

Orthodontic treatment can take months or years to be complete. During the last few months of treatment, many of our patients tell us that they create a countdown to the day that they get their braces off. It truly is an exciting time! You can eat whatever you want, chew gum, drink without a straw, and floss a whole lot easier. However, you will still have an area of responsibility once your braces come off.

It is a misunderstanding to think that when you get your braces off that your teeth will stay straight forever. The truth is, there is no one right position to move your teeth into that will guarantee a permanent result. Most people find that as they age, their teeth will shift, regardless of whether they underwent orthodontic treatment or not. Therefore, you need to do your part to keep your teeth from moving so that you will enjoy your new, straight smile for life.

Orthodontic treatment begins from the teeth being crooked, gapped, and misaligned. Once orthodontic treatment is complete and the braces are removed, the teeth have a natural tendency to move back to their original positions before treatment began. The first 18 months post-treatment are the most critical until the teeth learn their “new permanent” positions. While orthodontic treatment works to align the teeth, the only way to keep the teeth from shifting is by wearing a retainer regularly.

A retainer is a simple appliance that keeps the teeth aligned after completed orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign®. Retainers are designed around the teeth at the completion of orthodontics, and they work by applying pressure and guidance to the teeth to keep them from drifting back to their original positions. Retainers are necessary for “retaining” the teeth in their new position.

At Broad Street Braces, we are here for you during every step of your orthodontic treatment – which includes after treatment finishes. Wearing your retainer is the best defense against unwanted movement in your newly perfected smile. If you need a new retainer or are interested in orthodontic treatment, contact our practice today.

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

1819 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA , 19148

Phone: (215) 234-3030


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Our Patient Reviews

Broad Street Braces

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 387 reviews

Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

Phuong H

Really nice office. Very clean and modern. Everyone is friendly, especially Trinh. She is great. Love taking my son here.

Refie H

The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

Angela D

Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!