Orthodontic treatment is a LIFETIME COMMITMENT! Please remember that retention is just as important as the active movement phase of your orthodontic treatment!
Once the teeth have been moved into their desired positions, a period of time is needed to stabilize them so that the surrounding bone and soft tissues can conform to your new dental alignment. Teeth have a tendency to want to return to their original position after orthodontics and generally change position throughout life – with or without orthodontic treatment. Just as our skin wrinkles with age, so do our teeth!
Our goal is to limit these natural movements by use of retainers. If retainers are not worn properly, the teeth may shift and orthodontic treatment may be necessary again at an additional expense. It is the patient’s responsibility to wear their retainers and maintain their smile.
Typically Dr. Webb asks patients to wear their retainers 12 hours per day for the first 12 months following orthodontic treatment. Patients need to continue wearing their retainers throughout life – just enough to keep the teeth straight (varies among patients).
If the retainers quit fitting properly, it most likely means the teeth are shifting and that the retainers need to be worn more often or new ones need to be made. Retainers are like glasses, contact lenses, or any other personal item that is worn daily – they will wear out over the years and new ones may need to be fabricated.
One set of retainers is included in your treatment fee along with retainer checks for two years. If retainers are lost, broken, or quit fitting due to lack of wear – you will be charged to have a new set made.
Do's & Dont's
Remove while eating. Keep in case at all times when not in mouth.
Keep them clean-use a toothbrush and soap, if additional cleaning is needed, use a denture cleaner two times a week for 20 minutes.
Wear them properly so there is no tooth movement.
Call our office immediately if the retainer is lost, broken, or not fitting properly.
Wrap in napkins while eating.
Put in shirt or pant pocket (they will be broken or forgotten).
Leave retainers near heat, this includes: sunlight, heaters, etc. boil, microwave, or clean with hot water.
Leave retainer out of the case, dogs and cats love to chew them up!