After completing the orthodontic therapy, when both the patient and the orthodontist are satisfied with the results achieved, fixed orthodontic braces are removed.
A certain period of time is necessary for teeth to become firmly set in the new position.
This period until the complete recovery of the bone structure is referred to as retention phase by orthodontists because its function is to retain (keep) the teeth in the optimal position achieved.
The duration of the retention period is different for each patient, but it never takes less than a year since this is the optimal amount of time for teeth to completely mature and become stable within the bone structure.
Retention braces are transparent braces that look like gumshield and are worn during night and sometimes during day.
In addition, the application of a very thin wire on the backside of the teeth is advisable. The wire does not cause any disturbance and the patients can’t feel it at all and it provides the highest level of guarantee in avoiding the teeth movement.
Check ups are done every 4 months in order to see how stable the results are. Our services during this period are free of charge except in cases when the retainer is lost or the wire breaks.
Hello! I'm Martina Kauzlarić, I came to Doctor Marelić for the first time in June 2011 with a disastrous bite. (And by the way: before that I wore mobile braces for 9 years!!! After the termination of the therapy my teeth are completely rearranged) After attaching the braces, a year later, my teeth looked better than ever!!! And they still do today (in 2015). Greetings and recommendations,
We came by recommendation in Dr. Marelić’s practice. The recommendation proved to be excellent. One daughter had her teeth straightened in a year and we were super happy with the service and results. Now we are in therapy with the younger daughter, and it is enough of a reference. When we solve the children we’ll go further...
My experience with Marelić orthodontic clinic is very positive. The whole treatment, from attaching the braces up to the removal, lasted 13 months, and the result is outstanding, I can finally laugh relaxed, without covering the teeth with my hand. The whole team is very relaxed and positive, yet thorough and devoted to their work.