Retention

  

When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth. 

 

Retainers support your teeth in their correct positions and guide the teeth into a more natural position after braces. Your retainers must be worn as directed. If any problems develop, call for an EXTRA appointment. If possible DO NOT wait until your regular appointment to have repairs.
 
In most cases retainers are worn 12- 24 hours a day 7 days a week for the first year that your braces are removed. Then you gradually cut back to nights only. Failure to wear retainers as directed, even for a short period of time, may cause a rapid change in your teeth positioning. Please follow homecare instructions listed below to maintain satisfactory results.
 
At first, you may notice a “plastic taste”. This will disappear in a day or two. You may also experience some difficulty in speech for the first two to three days. Your speech will return to normal if you read aloud to yourself.
 
CARE FOR YOUR RETAINERS

DO’s
DON’T’s
Wear your retainer at all time as instructed.
Boil or place retainers in dishwasher.
Brush your retainers after meal or snack. If not possible at least rinse them out.
Flip out with your tongue or bite down on them to place on.
Be gentle when removing and wearing.
Leave retainers in direct sunlight
Keep your retainers in the case provided when not in use.
Leave retainers where small children or pets can get them.
Always bring then to your retainer check appmt.
Wrap retainer in napkins or tissue.
Call as soon as any problems arise.
Eat, brush, and drink anything hot with retainer on.
Clean your retainers with a separate hard bristle brush and a pea sized amount of regular toothpaste.
Adjust your own retainers.
Soak retainers into anything.

 
Thank you for the confidence you have placed in our office for your orthodontic care. We have enjoyed working with you as a patient and hope that you are pleased with your results. We hope you will feel comfortable recommending us to your friends and family.