Important information about retainers
We always make retainers for our patients at no extra charge when braces are removed. The braces are only part of the equation of great smile and bite. Retainers must be worn faithfully to maintain the position of the teeth after orthodontic treatment is complete. Here are some important facts about retainers:
- Your teeth are guaranteed to shift over time if your retainers are not worn as prescribed. Just like the rest of our bodies, our teeth and the gums that surround them are constantly changing. They get worn, shift, and age even if they are straightened. The good new is that wearing well-fitting retainers can help to defy mother nature and keep the teeth looking healthy.
- Retainers should be worn for your lifetime; if they are, you can keep your teeth straight and beautiful!
- Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise. Usually we switch our patients to night-time only wear after a few months.
- Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing aloud to get used to them faster.
- Take your retainers out when eating… and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or at restaurants when they are left on a tray, wrapped in a napkin, and thrown away.)
- Remove retainers when swimming.
- Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and pets (they love to chew on retainers!)
- Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush. Use warm (but not hot) water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors.
- If tartar or stain starts to build up on the retainers, you can order Retainer Brite online from amazon.com or dentakit.com
- Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately to prevent shifting of your teeth.
- If you notice that your permanent retainer has become loose from one of your teeth, call us so that it can be repaired. If it is left loose, your teeth can shift.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, do not try to adjust them yourself- call us!
- Always bring your retainers to your appointments.