Retainers

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After the active orthodontic treatment period is complete and your braces have been removed, you will be given a retainer. This marks the beginning of the retention phase, during which a retainer is used to hold teeth in their new positions while the jawbone, gums and muscles adapt. You must wear the retainer as instructed, otherwise your teeth may revert to their former positions, and the benefits of having had braces will be lost.

When to Wear Your Retainer

We generally recommend retainers be worn for 10 hours per day, usually at night time while sleeping. 

Pain and Soreness

The retainer may make your teeth sore and you may even find that your speech is slightly altered for a few days. This is normal with a new retainer or after an adjustment and will resolve on its own. If you develop a sore spot on your gums, call our office so that we can adjust the retainer for better comfort.

Cleaning Your Retainer

Brush your retainer daily under cool or room temperature water without toothpaste. If needed, a cleaner specifically for clear retainers (e.g. Retainer Brite) can be used for a more thorough cleaning.  Do not boil your retainer to sterilize it.  If you feel that it needs sterilization, bring it to the office so that we can properly disinfect it for you.  If you have a bonded wire retainer behind your front teeth, be careful to clean it as well when brushing and flossing your teeth. 

How to Keep Your Retainer Safe

Because the retainer is removable, it can be misplaced or damaged when it is not being worn.   Be sure to keep it in its case for safety. Never wrap the retainer in a napkin or store it in your pocket. Keep it away from dogs and cats, as they love to chew on these appliances. Please note – an additional charge will be incurred for lost or broken retainers.

Remember, your retainer can only work when you are wearing it! Please give us a call if you have any questions about retainer use.