When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. For the first six months you will need to wear your retainer for 24 hours a day. After that, nighttime wear is sufficient.
Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth. Also remove the retainer when playing sports or eating.
Caring for Your Retainer
- Rinse your retainer with water when you take it out – and brush it with toothpaste when you brush your teeth. Also brush the roof of your mouth.
- Soak your retainer in denture cleaner about once a week. Never boil your retainer to clean it – the heat will make it lose its shape.
- Always bring your retainer to your appointments for us to make periodic adjustments.
- When not wearing your retainer, it is important to put it in your case. Don’t wrap it in a napkin as it will get lost or thrown away. Keep your retainer away from any pets as it could turn into a costly chew toy.