Retainers, fixed and/or removable, help keep your teeth in place after your orthodontic treatment.
- Put on and take off the retainers carefully, the way we showed you.
- When you first start wearing your retainers, it is normal for them to feel tight, and your teeth may feel slightly sore. As you continue wearing the retainers, they will become less tight.
- Sometimes it takes a few days to become adjusted to speaking and swallowing while wearing the retainers.
- You may remove the retainers for eating, sports, and cleaning your teeth. Any time you remove the retainers, they must be placed in their case. This will prevent them from being lost, damaged, or accidentally thrown away. Pets love to chew on them!
- The retainers should be cleaned daily by brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Do not use the dishwasher or soak in mouthwash for an extended time. Denture cleaners may also be used periodically.
- Please bring your retainers to each appointment so we may check them and make any necessary adjustments
- The retainers must be worn for the prescribed amount of time to be effective. Your teeth can move in just a day or two if you forget to wear the retainers.
Fixed retainers are high-grade stainless steel wires shaped to the contour of the teeth. They are glued onto the tongue side of the upper and/or lower front teeth to prevent relapse.
- Flossing your teeth daily is an important part of caring for your fixed retainer. Use a floss specially designed for braces and bridges, and floss the way our staff has shown you.