Immediately after braces are removed the teeth have a strong tendency to drift out of position again.  Retaining appliances are fitted to support the teeth in their new positions and it is important to wear them as instructed. The only way to keep the teeth perfectly straight forever is to continue wearing the retainers periodically.  The amount of drifting of the teeth after reaching full maturity is usually minimal and acceptable to most people but some treatments are intrinsically unstable and require lifelong wearing of retainers to avoid substantial relapse,

Instructions for removable retainers

Retainers are made of plastic or a combination of plastic and metal wire.  The orthodontist will discuss the best design for you. Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise. Once it is felt the positions have stabilised the retainers can be worn less. Take your retainers out for eating, contact sports and swimming … and always put retainers in their case! Pets love to chew on them and restaurant waiters frequently throw them away if you wrap them in a napkin at the table !

Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Retainer-Brite or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used, but are not effective without proper brushing.

Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately, but charges will apply for replacement and repairs.  Always bring your retainers to your appointments. Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.

Fixed retainers

Fixed Retainers are often fitted when teeth are initially very twisted, crooked or spaced.  The fixed retainer wire is cemented to the inner surfaces of the front teeth.  The fixed retaining wire must be checked at least every year by a dentist or orthodontist.   We will show you how to use Superfloss to clean in between your teeth.  Adequate oral hygiene is essential for continued oral health.

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