When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. 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.
Bonded lingual retainers are most commonly cemented directly to the inside surface of the upper and lower front teeth. This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. Flossing everyday is important.
Upper and lower Hawley retainers are removable and are worn only at night while sleeping if permanent wire retainers are in place. We also use clear “Tru-Tain” retainers depending on the individual case.
Upper and lower Hawley retainers must be handled very carefully, as they are fragile and costly to replace. You are given a special case for your retainer; please make sure you keep the retainer in this case when not wearing it! To clean these retainers brush them with toothpaste (sometimes with denture cleaner) using warm water.
Your retainers should be worn at all times with the exception of eating and brushing your teeth. Your retainer should also be removed when participating in sports that require a mouthguard or while swimming. Our patients wear removable retainers fulltime only after a Phase l treatment. Phase ll and Full Treatment cases wear removable retainers just at night.
If your retainer breaks or you lose it call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.