You have successfully completed the active phase of your orthodontic treatment. You are now beginning the retention portion of your treatment.
We will be seeing you periodically for a series of follow-up appointments, for approximately 18 months. Meanwhile, your cooperation is very important in preventing the teeth from moving. We would also like to remind you to visit your general dentist for a thorough cleaning and check-up.
Your upper retainer is removable and should be worn full-time, except when eating and brushing, for the first 3 months of retention. At your 3 month visit the doctor may reduce your retainer wear to nighttime or at least 12 hours a day. The lower retainer is a wire bonded to the back of the lower front teeth. In order to keep the lower as a permanent retainer, it is important to maintain excellent hygiene.
- ALWAYS put your retainer in its case when you are not wearing it!
- NEVER wrap your retainer in a paper napkin!
- NOT EVEN ONCE should you leave your retainer in direct sunlight or place it in hot water-it may warp.
- ALWAYS keep your retainer away from pets-they LOVE to chew them up.
To prevent your retainer from being lost or broken, here are a few suggestions to follow:
Clean you retainers using a denture soak, this will keep it clean and fresh. Brushing with toothpaste may dull the clarity of the retainer, but will not hurt it.
Please contact our office immediately if your retainers are lost or broken. There will be an additional fee for retainer replacement.