When we remove your braces, you will begin the very important retention phase of your treatment which is essential for long term success. The retention phase may require several months in some cases and up to a lifetime in others. The number of retention visits will depend on the nature of your case. Remember, retention is the key to long term success. You must make a commitment and you must stay on track with your retainer instructions. If you have questions about braces or retainers, please call our office. Someone will be happy to talk with you. Thank you for your interest in Dothan Pediatric Dentistry.