Braces are a common orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth and correct misalignment. While braces are typically used for a period of time, some people may wonder if they can be permanent. The answer is yes, braces can be permanent in some cases. Attached or fixed retainers are one type of permanent braces.
These retainers are attached behind the teeth to prevent any relapses in cases where the patient had a large gap between their front teeth before treatment. The retainers help to keep the space closed and prevent the teeth from shifting. Adults who have braces have a greater risk of their teeth moving than those who had them as children or adolescents. A retainer is more comfortable against the cheeks than braces and should not cause any pain since the teeth don't need to be moved into position like with braces.
Even after the braces are removed, the teeth will naturally move and shift, which is why it's so important for people who have had braces to wear a retainer.