Removing braces signals the start of the retention period of your orthodontic care. Please remember that this part of your orthodontic treatment is just as important as the active movement phase in determining the ultimate success of your treatment.
Drs. Foote and Piskai recommend lifelong retention. The position and fit of teeth generally changes throughout your life, with or without orthodontic treatment, and so indefinite wear is recommended to maintain the desired changes that have been achieved. Retainers are an essential component to maintaining the beautiful result of orthodontics.
The position and fit of teeth generally changes throughout your life, with or without orthodontic treatment. Everything changes as we age, our skin, our hair, our eyes, etc and our teeth are no different. Our goal in the retention phase of your treatment is to limit these changes while maintaining both a good functional and an aesthetic result. In an effort to maintain your orthodontic result, retainers are essential.
Keeping the retainer either in the mouth or its case will avoid loss of breakage, which would lead to extra expense. Brushing the retainer with cool water and toothpaste and soaking it in a cleanser, such as Retainer Brite will help keep it fresh. Never soak your retainer in mouthwash. Never place your retainer in hot water, as it may become distorted and require replacement. Beware of putting your retainer in a pocket where it might become broken. Also, avoid leaving it out where pets could find it or where it may become lost.
Phone the office right away for an appointment to replace or repair your retainer. Although there may be a charge for replacement or repair, it’s a relatively inexpensive way to protect the investment you have made in your orthodontic treatment.