When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a lifetime. The retention phase is as important as the braces themselves. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Think of your retainer as an insurance policy to protect the alignment of your teeth. Removable retainers are worn primarily while you sleep at night, and we will customize your retainer wear pattern for you.