Congratulations! This is the day you've been waiting for! Your braces and orthodontic appliances have been removed, and you are entering the retention phase. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far. Please take a moment to read through the instructions for wearing retainers. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Please call your family dentist. Brush and floss daily to protect your beautiful smile.
After Phase I
We will continue to evaluate the tooth eruption and retainer fit about every 3-6 months. When all the baby teeth are lost we will re-evaluate for phase II treatment.
Instructions for wear, care, loss or breakage of your retainers
- Teeth have a tendency to rebound and/or shift due to natural aging processes.
- Pets and throwing in the garbage are our top reasons for retainer loss and breakage so please keep the retainers safe from these retainer eaters!!
- Please keep retainers away from heat sources- they can shrink and distort.
- When not wearing or cleaning, keep them in your case.
- Brushing your retainers and rinsing with water is the best way to keep them clean. You may also use diluted mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide to clean your removable retainers. Please note any color to the mouthwash may discolor your retainer. Additional options are retainer cleansers offered over the counter and over the internet as well as denture cleansers.
- If we provided you with models (some break in the process) please keep them in a safe place.
- Wisdom teeth- your dentist or Dr. Becky will advise you to see an oral surgeon to evaluate them between the ages of 17-21
- Dr. Becky will actively follow your retainer wear for about 3 years after braces which is included in your treatment cost. Please keep your retainer checks and bring your retainers with you to your appointments. After that, you are welcome to call and make appointments as needed.
How long do I have to wear my removable retainer?
Be sure to wear your retainer as instructed for the first year. After that, periodic wear is a good idea, indefinitely. Some people are more likely to have shifting than others. A good rule of thumb is if the retainer feels tight, wear it more. If it fits comfortably, you can experiment with less wear.
How long do I have to keep my fixed retainer?
If your lower retainer is bonded in place, we recommend that you keep it as long as possible. It is important you keep the area clean with brushing and flossing. Check with your family dentist or us to make sure everything is clean and healthy. If you are unable to keep the area clean or if you are unhappy with the bonded retainer, we will be happy to recommend an alternative.
What do I do if my retainer is lost, broken or doesn't fit?
There is a charge for lost or extensively broken retainers. If the movement has been extreme there may be a need for further orthodontic correction at reduced fee levels. Please bring in any broken or loose parts, as a repair may be possible. The lower bonded retainer has a 2 month guarantee, after that there is a fee to re-cement or replace.