When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.

Why do I need retainers?

  • Retention is the final part of your orthodontic treatment.
  • Once your teeth are in their final position, your retainers keep them there. Your teeth could move to a less desirable position without your retainer.
  • In addition to holding the teeth, we may use retainers to make minor corrections in the positions of your teeth.

Retainer Wear

  • We would like you to wear your retainers as prescribed: Full time Nightly
  • We will tell you when you may reduce wearing time.
  • If your retainers still feel tight after having them in for 5 minutes, you may need to wear your retainers more. Please call us so we can give you new instructions.
  • To avoid accidental loss, retainers should not be worn while swimming.
  • Please bring retainers to each appointment.
  • Keep your retainers clean. Brush your retainers just like you do your teeth. If plaque and tartar build up on your retainers, soak in denture cleaner or 1 part vinegar and 1 part water.
  • No gum chewing, while wearing your retainer, it will stick to the plastic.
  • Never leave your retainers out of your mouth and not in the case. Don’t leave it lying around or wrapped in tissue. It could get lost or thrown away. Never put it in hot water or near a hot surface; it could change shape and then it won’t fit!
  • Keep your retainers away from pets, they love to chew them.
  • We will follow your retainer wear over the next year. We would like you to wear your retainers indefinitely with the frequency required to maintain your result. We will instruct you accordingly.
  • You can call any time you have orthodontic concerns.

What if?

  • If not worn as instructed, your teeth may move, preventing the retainer from fitting properly.
  • Your retainer should fit comfortably (unless you are instructed otherwise) and snap in securely. If it doesn’t or you are unable to wear the retainer for any reason, call our office the next business day.
  • If you should break or lose your retainer, call our office on the next business day for an appointment. Breakage, loss, or improper care will result in an additional charge.
  • If you fail to wear your retainers as instructed (for any reason: choose not to, hurts, lost, broken, or forget, etc.). Your teeth can rapidly move out of position! Be responsible. Wear as instructed and call for an appointment immediately if something prevents you from wearing the retainers.