Once the braces have been removed, the wearing of a retainer becomes a very important part of your orthodontic treatment. The teeth need to be held in their new positions for as long as possible.
The retention phase lasts a minimum 24-36 months (mostly part time).
If you don’t wear your retainer/s, the teeth can move back towards their original positions and a possible stint of braces would be needed again.
When should your retainer be worn?
Your retainer/s should be worn nightly to begin with, or as directed. As time goes on, you will be instructed to wear your retainer/s less often.
Care of your retainer
- Clean your retainer/s thoroughly under cool water with toothbrush and toothpaste. Soaking your retainer/s in a plate cleaning solution 1-2 times per week.
- Treat It With Care – ALWAYS keep your retainer/s in a retainer box when they are not being worn. They can be easily lost and dogs love to chew on them!
- Take out your retainer/s when eating and when drinking anything other than water.
- Keep your retainer/s away from any heat source as it can distort your retainer/s.
- If you are wearing your retainer/s full time, be conscious to safely store them whilst eating out. It’s surprising how easily they can be lost in restaurants, where they have been wrapped in a napkin and or left on a tray then thrown away by accident.
- If your retainer/s are lost or broken, please call us as soon as possible. They are costly to make so a charge may be applicable.
Initially you may find it difficult to speak, you can improve quicker by practicing speaking, singing and reading out loud.
It is important to bring your retainer/s to all appointments so they can be checked.
If you have any concerns or areas that need adjusting, please call us for an appointment and remember to bring your retainer/s with you.