A retainer is an important part of any orthodontic treatment as it is designed to keep the teeth where the braces moved them. Wearing a retainer as instructed is the key to maintaining the success of your treatment for life.
There are a variety of retainer designs available; Dr. Kirk will recommend the type of retainer that will best suit your specific needs.
Take care of your retainers. Preserve the healthy, beautiful smile that you worked hard for!
- Wear your retainer as prescribed by Dr. Kirk
- Remove you retainer for eating, brushing/flossing, and sports where it may become dislodged
- Always keep your retainer in it's case when it's not in your mouth (as Dr. Chris likes to say, it's "in the case or in your face!")
- It's very easy to throw away if placed in a napkin, and family pets love to eat retainers!
- Clean the retainer every time you take it out by rinsing it under cool water and scrubbing it inside and outside with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- We recommend not using toothpaste, but rather using hand soap or just water on your toothbrush
- You may find your retainer a little funny to speak with at first, but this will improve as your tongue adapts to having it there
- If the retainer is accidentally bent or feels different than before, please discontinue wear and give us a call
- Never try to fix your retainer yourself
- Bring your retainer to every follow up appointment
- For fixed retainers, it's important to brush and floss thoroughly to avoid build-up of plaque or tartar around the appliance, with can lead to gum disease and cavities