Wearing braces



A combination of removable and fixed retainers will be used at the end of treatment to hold your teeth in their new position.  It can take up to two years before the teeth will stabilize in their final position.  Some individuals will require retainers for an increased period of time to keep the teeth from moving.

Removable Retainers:

  • Patients are usually instructed to wear their removable retainer at night while sleeping.

  • Do not wear your retainer at school unless instructed otherwise.  Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.

  • If the retainer becomes tight to put on, you should increase the amount of hours it is worn throughout the day.

  • Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste, using warm water.  Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors.  Efferdent or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but do not take the place of brushing.

  • When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case.  Pets love to chew on them!

  • Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care.  If retainers are lost, call us immediately.

  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainer needs adjusting, call us.  Do not try to adjust them yourself.

  • Always bring your retainers to your appointments.

  • Retainer replacement can be expensive…with proper care they will last for years.

  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine and napkins.

Fixed Retainers:

  • This is a bar or wire bonded to the back side of your teeth, to hold teeth in a stable position.

  • If a bar or wire becomes loose, you should contact us immediately to schedule an appointment to repair the fixed retainer.

  • Good tooth brushing and regular dental cleanings are very important while wearing fixed retainers.

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