When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. We suggest a lifetime commitment to your retainers. We typically prescribe full-time wear for the first six months after the appliances are remove, after which wear we ask that you wear your retainers at night. We will incrementally work you down to wearing your retainers once a week for a lifetime to insure maintained alignment. 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.
Wear your retainer as instructed, even while you are asleep. It may be removed while eating, swimming, or playing vigorous sports activities. The retainer may alter your speech for two or three days, but your speech will return to normal with the appliance in place. Please avoid flipping your retainer with your tongue as this can cause damage to your teeth or breakage of your appliance.
Clean your appliance by brushing it daily with toothpaste. Denture cleaner can also be used for a more thorough cleaning, once or twice a month.
If you are wearing a bonded wire retainer behind your front teeth, make sure to floss daily to keep this area clean.
Your retainer can easily get thrown away if it gets wrapped in a paper napkin or tissue and set it down on the table. Please carry your appliance case with you so that your retainer has a place when not in your mouth. Retainers break when they are put loosely into your pocket. Please keep your appliance away from dogs as they love to chew on them. Heat can distort thermoplastic retainers so avoid storing them in a hot car or near any source of heat.
An additional charge will be incurred for lost or broken retainers.