Retainers may be removable or permanently affixed. They hold teeth in their new, correct positions after orthodontic treatment has been completed. Dr. Carroll or Dr. Sutton will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent relapse of treatment. Click here for more information on retainers.
Now that your orthodontic treatment has been completed you want to maintain your new beautiful, healthy smile. Please also follow these guidelines:
- Take your retainers out when eating, and always put retainers in their case, never in a napkin or pocket! (Most retainers are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
- Clean retainers thoroughly at least once a day with a toothbrush. You can use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Retainer Brite® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but do not take the place of brushing. Do not use toothpaste on retainers. Most toothpastes contain abrasives that will create fine scratches in the retainer. These scratches make retainers look hazy and provide places for plaque and tartar to attach.
- Keep retainers and their case away from pets. Pets love to chew on them!
- When you are first fitted with your retainer you may find it a little difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
- Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or if your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
- Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
- Retainer replacements are expensive, but with proper care they will last for years!
- Remove retainers when swimming.
- Retainers can be damaged by heat. Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards and washing machines.