Retainers

After active orthodontic treatment has completed, there is a tendency for teeth to return, or relapse, back to their pre-treatment positions. Over 50% of patients have some reversion to pre-treatment positions within 10 years following treatment.

To minimize the risk of relapse, you are required to wear a retainer which holds the teeth and jaw bone in their new position. Thus, wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.

"Early age ( preventive ) treatment helps to prevent relapse!"

Retainer instructions

  • Make sure you come back for a retainer check-up visits.
  • Take your retainers out when eating, and always put them back in the case!(Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean the retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and a dish soap. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors. Efferdent®, Retainer Brite, or other orthodontic appliancecleaners can be used but do not replace brushing.
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, orsinging out loud to get used to it faster.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, thewashing machine, and napkins.
  • Do not flip the retainer with your tongue. This will loosen or damage yourretainer.
  • Not wearing your retainer (even for a few days) could cause your teeth toshift. If your retainer no longer fits or needs adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Always bring your retainer to each appointment.
  • Retainers are breakable, but with proper care they will last for years. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately.

"Taking care of your braces and appliances will shorten the duration of your treatment!"

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