Getting started with retainers
The retainers are a life long commitment to maintain both a good functional and aesthetic result. The supervised retention phase lasts for approximately 6 months and the cost of the initial retainers are included in your original contract. Should you ever have any questions or the occasion arises that your retainers need to be adjusted or replaced, do not hesitate to contact our office. The usual office visit or lab fees will be charged accordingly for additional visits or replacement retainers. You are urged to wear your retainers day and night, take them out to eat and brush only for 6 months, then continue to wear your retainers at night forever, in order to maintain your new smile.
How to place and remove retainers
To put the retainers in, start from the front firmly pushing down while moving towards the back. To remove always start from the back working forward, doing so will ensure proper fit of the retainers.
Are your gums red and puffy?
After the braces are removed the gum tissue usually is red and puffy, this will go away with warm salt water rinses 3-4 times a day for 3-4 days. A visit to your general dentist for a cleaning is recommended.
Will my teeth move back after treatment?
Teeth have a tendency to want to return to their original position, especially if excessive forces are applied to the teeth by clenching, grinding. The position and fit of teeth generally change throughout your life with or without orthodontic treatment. Our goal is to limit these changes to the natural process; if retainers are discontinued there may be minor changes in tooth position.
The longer the retainers fit, the better chance you have of long term stability. This is something that YOU can do for yourself.
Taking care of your retainers
Keeping the retainer in the mouth or its case will avoid loss or breakage that would lead to extra expense. If the retainers are lost, broken, or do not fit properly, you are urged to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Any additional services will be rendered at our usual fee.
Clean the retainer with warm soapy water using fingertips, do not use a tooth brush this could scratch the retainers. Periodically soaking it in a denture cleanser will keep it fresh. Never place your retainer in hot water, as it may become distorted and require replacement. Do not put your retainer in a pocket where it might become broken. Also, avoid leaving it out where pets could find it or where it may become lost.
What if my retainer is lost or broken?
Immediately phone the office for an appointment to replace or repair the retainer. There will be a fee of $150.00 per retainer ($300.00 for both upper and lower.) for a lost or broken appliance. Although there
will be a charge, it is a relatively inexpensive way to protect the investment you have made in your orthodontic care.