Retainers ~ Clermont, Winter Garden and Orlando, Florida
The purpose of your retainers is to maintain the position of your teeth after braces. Although some shifting or relapse of individual teeth is normal, wearing the retainers as prescribed will keep this to a minimum. The longer the retainers are left out, the more chance shifting will occur. Retainers only maintain the teeth straight. They seldom re-align shifted teeth.
New retainers may not seat fully causing your teeth to be a bit sore for a few days. Faithful wear will relieve this feeling. It is very important to wear your retainers every night for as long as you want straight teeth. Forever!
Many of the factors causing crowding persist throughout life. As part of the aging process the teeth tend to shift. Therefore, it is very important to maintain retainer wear for life. We recommend wearing the retainers every night while sleeping to maintain your beautiful smile. If you miss a few nights of wearing the retainers and they feel tight upon insertion, increase wear until they are comfortable.
Removable Retainer Care
Always brush your retainers with toothpaste after removing them for the day
NEVER boil or use hot water when cleaning retainers. The material can warp or melt.
Be careful where you place your retainers. The safest place for your retainers is in your mouth or the retainer case (little kids are curious and dogs think they are delicious).
Bonded (Permanent) Retainer Care
It is critical that you floss around and under the retainer every day.
In the event your original retainer is lost, broken, or comes off, keep wearing your removable retainer every night. To avoid a lab charge, save the little wire and immediately call our office.
If you need the retainers checked, schedule appointment and bring your retainers.
Any restorations (crowns, bridges, implants, fillings, veneers or bonding) performed after your braces are removed may cause your retainers not to fit properly. You will need to contact our office to have new retainers made to fit your new bite. Failure to have a new retainer made could result in shifting of your teeth.
Throughout your life we wish you: Success With a Beautiful Smile!