Orthodontic retainers are placed at the end of orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic retainers are designed to retain
your teeth in their new positions after your braces are removed. It is very important that you wear the orthodontic
retainers as directed. It takes time to adjust to your new orthodontic retainers and you may temporarily produce more
saliva than usual. Your speech may be different at first, but will improve within the first week.
Various types of orthodontic retainers are available. These retainers can be removable retainers or fixed retainers (see below).
Plastic retainers are removable. You should clean them by removing and brushing them with a toothbrush in cool water.
Please hold the orthodontic retainer gently to avoid breaking it.
Please do not use hot water for cleaning as this may cause the retainer to distort.
These retainers should be removed from the mouth when playing contact sports, eating, drinking and cleaning.
Wire retainers are fixed to your teeth and cannot be removed.
Because you can’t remove wire retainers they do require careful cleaning, but for many people (especially children) this is a better option because you don’t have to remember to put them in or worry about losing them.
You should clean them with your toothbrush and floss. Please call us if you are unsure of how to clean your orthodontic retainers.
It is very important that you eat a healthy, balanced diet and that you keep your teeth and orthodontic retainers very clean. If you do not take care of your orthodontic retainers and teeth, you may be prone to decay and gum disease.
Please wear your orthodontic retainers as directed or your teeth may become crooked again. If you are not wearing your retainers, you may not realize that your teeth have moved. You may find that by the time you notice, the retainer will no longer fit and you may need orthodontic treatment again!
Orthodontic retainers should not cause discomfort.
If you do experience discomfort or are unable to wear the retainer, or if the retainer is damaged, please contact us immediately. Do not wait until your next visit!
Your retainers may feel a little tight and uncomfortable for a few days. This is normal! Your speech may also be affected initially, but will improve quickly.