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Treatments - Retainers

Once your braces have been removed, you want to keep that healthy, beautiful smile. The best way for you to keep teeth from shifting, is by wearing a retainer(s).

Wearing a retainer might be simple, but this appliance is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. A retainer is designed to keep your teeth where your braces have moved them while the surrounding gum and bone settles.

You are the person in charge of keeping your teeth straight. Wearing your retainer as instructed is the key to maintaining the success of orthodontic treatment. If you don’t follow your orthodontist’s instructions, your teeth could move toward their original positions.

Some retainers are removable, some are fixed. We will provide the kind of retainer that best maintains the positions of your teeth. You may need to wear them for quite a while, so be patient. In some cases, permanent retention will be necessary.

You must remember the following:

  • Wear your retainers as instructed.
  • They’re doing their job only when they are in your mouth.
  • Keep them clean. If you are wearing a removable retainer, it’s easy to clean when you take it out.
  • If your retainer is attached to your teeth, it’s important to brush thoroughly after meals and clean between the wire and gums with floss at least once a day. If you can’t brush after a meal, at least rinse your mouth with water until you can brush thoroughly.
  • Handle them with care.
  • Whenever your retainers are not in your mouth, it should be in it’s case for safety. Place your contact details on your carrying case in case you loose it. Retainers are easier to loose than you think. They fall out of pockets and purses or may be stepped on or even eaten by pets. Keep retainers away from heat.
  • Don’t flip the retainer with your tongue.
  • Contact the practice in the event of a lost, loose or broken retainer for a replacement.
  • Bring the retainer to each appointment.

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