The Orthodontic retention protocol - A review

Orthodontic retention protocol - A review

  • abdullah Alnazeh King Faisal university
Keywords: Orthodontics, Retention, protocol, factors, relapse


Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry which deals with malalignment of teeth and facial skeleton. The mechanics of fixed appliance therapy completely relies on retention of orthodontic appliance. Retention is the phase of  Orthodontic treatment that attempts to keep teeth in corrected position after treatment with orthodontic braces. Without the phase of retention, there is a tendency for teeth to return to their initial position. Hence it is very necessary to prevent relapse. It depends on many factors. Every orthodontic patient should wear retention appliances to prevent relapse. This review article in detail discusses the protocol of retention and various factors affecting it.