Upper and lower retainers are given once your braces have been removed. Retainers may be removable or fixed, depending on what Dr. Ault suggests. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Dr. Ault will instruct you on how to care of your retainers and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.
Upon completion of your orthodontic treatment, there is much to celebrate. However, all of the work is not done. The retention period is just as important as the active movement phase of your treatment process. Once the teeth have been moved into the desired position, a period of time is needed to stabilize the teeth so that the surrounding bone and soft tissues conform to your new dental alignment.
When the retainers are initially placed, they provide the very important function of holding the teeth in one position for a certain period of time. Except when eating, brushing, flossing or playing active sports, please wear your retainer at all times. Compliance during this phase is critical.
Faithful wear of your retainers will ensure that you enjoy the long-term benefit from your orthodontic treatment. It is also important to know that, even with full compliance of your recommended retainer routine, some small amounts of movement is considered normal.
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A Few Things to Remember During the Course of Retainer Wear
Don't fold it in your napkin or leave it on the table at a restaurant. Garbage cans don't make happy hunting grounds.
Don't put your retainer in your pocket. You might sit on it and break it.
Take your retainer out when swimming. If it falls out, you may not be able to find it.
Please make sure your retainer is in your mouth at all times. Your retainer should only be out of your mouth when eating, brushing, flossing or for any sports activities.
Your lower retainer may be a fixed retainer bonded behind your teeth. It's not considered permanent and can be broken or detached from your teeth if you're not careful with it.
Bring your retainers to your check-up appointment. If anything happens to your retainers please call our office as soon as possible. If your lower bonded retainer wire comes out, keep it and bring it in at your next appointment for rebonding.
Keep things clean. Be sure to brush your teeth without your retainers in. Brush your retainer with a toothbrush using toothpaste or water. Don't boil your retainer or put it in hot water.
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