Retainers

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What to Expect After Braces

Congratulation! You are ready to enjoy that perfect smile you worked so hard for. Your braces have been removed; however, your orthodontic journey isn’t quite over.

What is a retainer?

Retainers are required to control or limit potential changes in tooth position. Retainers are used after braces or aligner treatment to hold teeth in their correct position while the surrounding gums, bone, and muscle adjust to the new positioning of your teeth.

How to take care of your retainer

  • Wear your retainer as instructed. If you don’t, your teeth could move back into their old position.
  • Remember to take your retainer out when eating. While you have it out of your mouth, always keep it in its case to ensure it doesn’t get lost or broken. Whatever you do, don’t wrap it up in a paper napkin. You don't want to mistake it for trash and throw it out!
  • Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors.
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should be in its case. Pets love to chew on them!
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call us.