Retainers can help your orthodontic results last.
Once your braces are removed, you’re ready to enter the next phase of your treatment with an orthodontic retainer. The process of moving your smile will have left your teeth a little unstable in their new positions, and a retainer helps to hold them in place while they settle. There are different types of retainers, both removable and bonded, and we’ll determine which will best help you maintain your new smile at our office.
Here are some things to keep in mind about retainers:
- For the first six months, you’ll wear your retainer 24 hours a day, only removing it to brush your teeth or eat meals. After this initial period, you can switch to wearing your retainer only at night unless otherwise instructed.
- When you remove your retainer to eat, make sure to put it in the case. Many patients lose retainers in school lunchrooms and restaurants, but you can avoid this by securing it in one, safe place. This will help you keep your pets from stealing it, too!
- Make sure to keep the retainer clean by using a toothbrush (without toothpaste) once a day to clean it. This helps ensure that your retainer is free from bacteria and keeps it from smelling or tasting bad.
- NEVER place your retainer in boiling water.
- To get used to your retainer, spend some time practicing speaking and singing.
- Don’t try to adjust your retainer yourself. If it becomes uncomfortable, come see us! We’ll be happy to adjust it for you.
- Make sure to bring your retainer with you every time you visit our office.
- Remove the retainer the proper way every time to avoid any damage.
However, removable retainers aren’t a viable option for lower teeth. Bonded lingual retainers are contoured to the back of lower front teeth and bonded into place. Unlike a removable retainer, you can’t lose your bonded retainer. Parents enjoy that aspect, obviously!
For complete orthodontic care from beginning to end, visit Forest Orthodontics in Forest Park, IL. We serve surrounding communities, including Oak Park, River Forest, Riverside, and Berwyn. To schedule an appointment, contact us.