Keep Your Smile In Place
You’ll receive retainers after the active portion of your treatment to help stabilize your teeth. Bones and soft tissues surrounding your teeth are stabilizing for several months after your braces are removed, so it’s imperative to wear your braces as directed.
If you don’t wear your retainers correctly, your teeth can move in undesirable ways, making re-treatment necessary.
Because teeth can continue to move throughout life, we feel that individuals who have undergone orthodontic therapy should wear retainers for life.
Retainers are made of a thermoplastic material sensitive to excessive heat, so they should be kept away from heaters, dishwashers, car dashboards or any place where the temperatures exceed 115 degrees (F).
The retainers should be cleaned before and after placement in the mouth. Because the material used for fabrication is slightly porous, plaque tends to cling to the surfaces.
Gentle scrubbing with a toothbrush and a mild liquid soap will remove the plaque. A denture cleaning solution, such as Efferdent, will aid in the removal of plaque and tartar. Be sure to rinse your retainers thoroughly after cleaning to remove any cleanser residue.
Our goal is to help your smile stay beautiful and healthy for a lifetime. Your cooperation is essential to achieve this goal.