Retention - End of Orthodontic Treatment
Retainers mark the end of orthodontic treatment. You are now responsible for wearing the retainers, and to maintain the finished result, it is imperative that you adhere to your retainer schedule.
If the schedule is not followed, your teeth may shift to the extent that the results we both worked so hard to obtain will be compromised, and re-treatment, with additional expense, would be involved.
Tight fitting retainers are good indicators that the retainers have not been worn and adjustment may be necessary. If the retainers have not been worn for a long period, a replacement may be necessary.
The traditional retain with wire and clasps.
Clear retainers are acrylic custom appliances and must be worn as recommended by the orthodontist to maintain teeth alignment. Clear retainers are optional to the patient, and are most requested by adult patients. Clear retainers are an additional fee.
A retainer is a custom appliance and when lost or broken, a replacement retainer is needed. A cast (mold) of your teeth are taken, and sent to the laboratory. It takes approximately 2 weeks for the retainer to be designed.
Keeping your retainer clean and bacteria-free, we recommend placing them in a plastic container with lukewarm water, adding a tablet of Retainer Brite or similar. Using a soft toothbrush, gently remove any residue and plaque build up. Do not use toothpaste as it may be abrasive and affect the retainer material.
Recommended yearly retainer visits for adjustments will continue to keep your teeth aligned and your bite secure. This yearly adjustment incurs an office visit fee, and is a worthwhile one for the time, investment and commitment you made to your treatment.
A splint is often recommended by the orthodontist when permanent retention is needed. A splint is a permanent bonding material or wire that is bonded to the inside of the dentition to prevent movement of teeth. This procedure is provided by a General Dentist.