You may need
to wear your retainers quite a while, so be patient. Each person's
case is different. Follow our instructions for wearing your retainers.
In some cases, permanent retention will be necessary. We will
determine how long you'll need to wear retainers.
Up to You.
If your retainers are to do their important job, you must do three
Them as Directed.
are effective only if you faithfully follow our instructions
for wearing them.
doing their jobs only when they're in your mouth, not in your
pocket or purse. Remember: wearing that retainer after your
braces are removed is the best way to preserve that healthy,
beautiful smile you worked so hard to get.
been fitted with a removable retainer, it's easy to clean when
you take it out. We will show you how.
retainer is attached to your teeth, it's important to brush
thoroughly after meals and clean under the wire with dental
floss at least once a day. We will teach you how to care for
your fixed retainer. If you can't brush after a meal, be sure
to at least rinse your mouth out with water until you have a
chance to brush thoroughly.
your retainer is removable or fixed, make sure you see your
dentist for a thorough cleaning every six months (or more often,
Them With Care.
whenever your retainer is not in your mouth, it should be in
its case for safety. Retainers are easier to lose than you think,
and they're expensive to replace. They fall out of pockets and
purses. If you take your retainer out to eat and wrap it in
a napkin, you may accidentally throw it away. When they're just
lying around, retainers have a way of falling on the floor and
being stepped on, or even being picked up by pets.
instructed to wear your retainer for only a part of the day,
keep it in its case when it's not being worn, so it won't be
damaged or lost. Depending on the way your retainer is made,
we may even instruct you to keep it in a moist environment when
you're not wearing it.
Your Retainer Work For You.
is specially designed by us to help you maintain the results from
your treatment. Following these few simple guidelines for wearing
and taking care of your retainer will make your treatment last.
Your reward will be a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.
With Your Retainer? Contact Us Immediately.
If your retainer
should break or be lost, contact us at once for a replacement.
If your retainer is not fitting properly -- which may happen if
you do not wear your retainer as prescribed -- or if your fixed
retainer should become loose, call us right away for an appointment.