Removing braces signals the start of the retention and observation period of your orthodontic care. Please remember that this part of your orthodontic treatment is just as important as the active movement phase in determining the ultimate success of your treatment. Once the teeth have been moved into their desired positions, a period of time is needed to stabilize the teeth so that the surrounding bone and soft tissues can conform to your new dental alignment. When braces are removed, it is a good time to review several important aspects of care.
Here are a few things to remember during the years of retainer wear:
- You are instructed to wear your retainer every night, which means when you are sleeping you should be wearing your retainer.
- Don’t take your retainer out or put it in a napkin.
- Don’t put your retainer in your pocket. You might sit on it and break it. Ouch!
- Take your retainer out when swimming. If it falls out you may not be able to find it.
- Animals and younger children love to play with it. Please make sure your retainer is in your case at all times.
- Your lower retainer may be a fixed retainer bonded onto your teeth. It is not considered permanent and can be broken or detached from your teeth if you are not careful with it.
- Bring your retainers to all your check-up appointments. If anything happens to your retainers (i.e retainer doesn’t fit, retainer is broken, or you lost your retainer) please call us ASAP. If your lower bonded retainer wire comes out, keep it and bring it in at your next appointment for rebonding.
- The first set of retainers is included in your treatment fee. Any repair, replacement of your retainer, or rebonding of your lower retainer will be an additional charge.