When your days of wearing braces are finally over, you might think you're in the clear. Not so, according to Dr. Debra Cook of California-based Cook Orthodontics. Instead, you'll likely to find you have a choice between wearing removable retainers regularly at night, or having a permanent or lingual retainer bonded to the back of your teeth. Teeth can drift over time once the influence of braces goes away; wearing a retainer after treatment prevents your teeth from moving back into their old, incorrect positions.
If you opted for a bonded device, you may need to consider permanent retainer removal in the future, for any one of these reasons: