All patients who undergo orthodontic treatment will require retainers. Teeth have memory and want to return to their original positions. Retainers maintain the results achieved during treatment and keep your teeth and jaws aligned.
Types of Retainers
There are many types of retainers available, and the doctor will recommend the type that best suits your needs. Clear plastic retainers, removable Hawley retainers, and permanent fixed retainers bonded behind your upper or lower front teeth all serve the same major purpose-they keep your smile as beautiful as the day you finished treatment.
Wearing Your Retainer
It is very important to wear your retainer as instructed! Teeth move very quickly, so even minimal time away from retainers can result in relapse. Initially, retainer wear will be full time, but soon after, wear can be switched to nights only. Retention will be a lifelong commitment since teeth tend to shift throughout adulthood as our bodies and mouths change.
Cleaning Your Retainer
Clean your retainers with a toothbrush and toothpaste along with warm water. This will ensure your retainers stay free from stains, plaque, and bad odors.
Protecting Your Retainer
Retainers can be broken. Remember to place them in your retainer box when you are not wearing them. Please keep your retainers away from pets. As silly as it may sound, pets are attracted to the saliva residues! To them, your expensive retainers are just another chew toy.