Removable Retainers

We hope you are as pleased as we are in reaching this final stage of your orthodontic treatment called “Retention”.  The results that we have achieved during the active phase of treatment will be stabilized with you wearing your retainers.  Retainers are used to settle and hold your teeth until they become more secure in their new positions.  Otherwise, they would tend to move back towards their old position.  As you can see, retention is a very important part of orthodontic treatment because we want to retain the result we have achieved.

Length of Time for Wearing Retainers

You must wear the retainers 24 hours/day, only taking them out to eat and to brush your teeth.  When playing contact sports they can be replaced with a mouth guard.  We will continue to see you for appointments with your retainers and Dr. Bales will assess whether or not you can begin to wear the retainers only at night.

The First Couple of Days with Retainers

Most commonly it requires a couple of days to get comfortable with retainers.  Most people experience a little difficulty talking and increase in saliva.  Also you may have a funny plastic taste from the retainer that will go away.

Keeping the Retainers Clean

Keep your retainers clean by brushing them with a toothbrush and toothpaste.  Never leave retainers in hot water or near hot surfaces as they could change shape and would then not fit, requiring new retainers to be made (new retainers cost money!!).  If necessary, a denture cleaner used with cool water is effective at removing stains.

Don’t Lose Your Retainers

Retainers are delicate and expensive to replace.  They are safe in your mouth, but don’t leave them lying around or wrapped in tissue as they might be lost or thrown into the garbage.  When not being worn, keep your retainers in the case provided to you and put them in your pocket.  Once you are wearing the retainers at night only, you should keep them in a Tupper-ware like container filled with water (and mouthwash if you like) during the day.  In the event of a lost or broken retainer, please call the office immediately.  You don’t want to give your teeth a chance to shift and a new retainer may be required.

Bring Your Retainers to Each Appointment

Retention visits, if everything is going well, should be short and further apart then your appointments with the braces on (approximately every 4-6 months).  These appointments are very important to ensure your retainers are fitting properly and that your teeth are not shifting.  We need you to bring the retainers to your appointments so we can check their fit and adjust them as needed.  You have worked hard to get your teeth where they are now.  We need you to wear them faithfully in order to keep your teeth where we want them.  Your teeth need time to adapt and become more secure in their new positions.  Your retainers will allow for this process to occur.

Continued Visits with Your Family Dentist

We recommend that you see your family dentist for a check-up and cleaning.  Now that you have well aligned teeth and a great smile, please take the time to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy thereby maintaining your teeth for a lifetime.

Share Our Care

Please feel free to refer any of your friends and relatives to whom you feel could benefit from orthodontic treatment.  It is not necessary to have a referral from a dentist.

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