After your braces come off, treatment is not quite complete. Yes, your smile and teeth are looking great, but those good looks must be maintained. This is accomplished by wearing a retainer.
There are two primary types of retainers: removable and fixed retainers. The retainer you use will depend on your individual needs and the recommendations of the doctor. Keep in mind that you may need a few days to adjust your speech to the retainer.
Removable Retainer Care
Removable retainers are easy to use and easy to care for. However, there is a lot of room for human error. Unfortunately, not all patients will wear their retainers as directed, compromising the results of their treatment. Make certain that you wear your retainer as often as the doctor tells you to and that you treat your retainer well.
Right after treatment is complete, it is normal to wear your retainer full-time, taking it out only to eat, drink, brush, floss, and clean the retainer. When you do take your retainer out, always place it inside of its case. We replace a lot of lost retainers because patients tend to skip this step.
If you lose your retainer or it sustains damage, contact us as soon as possible so we can make you a new one and keep your treatment on the right track. Make sure you clean the retainer at least once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste and a little warm water. If you treat your retainer well, it will last you several years.
Also, whenever you come to see us, please bring your retainer with you.
Fixed Retainer Care
The good news about caring for a fixed retainer is that you should already be prepared to handle it. As a former braces patient, you will have already mastered all the skills you need to get it done. Just treat it well and keep up with your appointment schedule.