Supervised Retainer Checks
- For the first year after the removal of your braces, you will be seen at our office to check your teeth and retainers.
- Wear your removable retainers as instructed.
- Take your retainer out when eating, and always put it back in its case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
- Clean your retainer thoroughly once a day, using a soft toothbrush, liquid soap and cold running water (warm or hot water can distort the retainer). Toothpaste may scratch retainer and make surface look cloudy.)
- When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its case. Pets love to chew on them!
- Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to it faster.
- Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust it yourself.
- Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
- Retainer replacements are expensive, so we offer Retainer Insurance that you can purchase at our office, in order to help reduce the replacement cost. Please ask one of our team members for information.
- Remove your retainer when you go swimming.
- Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.
Unsupervised Retainer Checks
You have now completed your one year supervised period of retention following your orthodontic treatment. The tissues supporting your teeth have had one year to remodel and settle in around your teeth.
Some minor changes in tooth alignment do occur as we age due to external influences. These can include normal tooth wear, trauma, changes in restorations, changes in the health of the gums and bone, some tooth-related habits (i.e., tooth clenching & grinding), as well as growth changes.
We are leaving you with long-term instructions to help keep the alignment of your teeth in check:
- Nighttime wear of removable retainers provides the best guarantee for stability. One to two nights per week is usually enough to maintain tooth alignment and proper fit of your retainers.
- If you happen to have bonded retainers (“permanent” retainers), it is ESSENTIAL that you keep regular visits with your dentist, for cleanings and checkups, to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. We recommend that you visit your dentist, every four to six months.
- We will not be scheduling any further visits for you during your unsupervised retention. If you wish to book an appointment in the future, for us to look at your teeth, please contact our office.
Congratulations again on your new smile!