Main function of a retainer is to hold the teeth in their new position till the time they get settled in their new dental position. After we move your teeth in orthodontic treatment, we need time for re-calcification of jaw bone around the teeth. For that we need to hold the teeth for that specific time – and for this only we need a retainer……. The length of time a retainer has to be used by the patient depends on how severe the mal-occlusion was.
How to Take Care of Your Retainers
- Wear your retainer’s full time, until we instructs otherwise.
- Take your retainers out while eating…and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
- Clean retainers thoroughly twice a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors.
- When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case.
- Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing aloud to get used to them faster.
- Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
- Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
- Retainer replacement is expensive…with proper care they will last for years!
- Remove retainers when swimming.
- Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.