Patients that are undergoing orthodontic treatment must be willing to take their responsibilities seriously in terms of wearing the prescribed aftercare appliances. Neglecting to follow the dentist’s recommendations makes it impossible to guarantee long-term results.
Removable Orthodontic Retainers
Dental correction efforts require the ongoing use of retainers following the period immediately after the braces are removed. It takes several months for the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth to completely stabilize for long-term results. Retainers must be worn to prevent tooth movement that could be severe enough to require additional corrective treatment.
Orthodontic Retainer Instructions
Although tooth stability is achieved a few months after braces are removed, there is a good chance that teeth will continue to move gradually. The dentist will provide each patient with a unique recommendation, however, it may be necessary to wear retainers every night indefinitely.
Orthodontic Retainer Care
Never expose a retainer to heat that is in excess of 115 degrees Fahrenheit. The thermoplastic composition material is sensitive to these conditions and will easily ruin if left on a hot dashboard or placed too close to a heater. Always put them in their case for safety when not in use, and keep them away from pets as they may be tempted to chew on them. The material is slightly porous and requires regular cleaning anytime it is placed or removed from the mouth. After eating, use a toothbrush and mild cleanser to remove plaque and bacteria that can accumulate. Denture solution is helpful to clean stubborn plaque or tartar that has hardened to the appliance. When using any cleanser, be sure to rinse thoroughly before placing back inside the mouth. The greatest attention to cleaning and care does not avoid the inevitability of eventual replacement. If the retainers are lost, damaged, loose, broken, or simply worn out from years of use, contact our office to obtain a replacement of your appliance.
Regular Cleanings and Examinations
Always take care of your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly at home. Schedule a regular check-up and tooth cleaning with your family dentist twice a year to stay up-to-date with your oral health needs.