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Retainers: Are They Necessary?

Nov 13

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11/13/2018 10:35 AM  RssIcon

Retainers are important to keeping your smile intact for years to come. Immediately after treatment, your teeth with naturally want to return to their starting positions. Wearing your retainers can train your teeth to stay where we want them to after treatment. This is called the retention phase.


What to Expect

When it comes to keeping your smile beautiful, we need your help! To ensure a successful treatment, we need your complete compliance during the retention phase. The more often you decide to skip wearing your retainer, the greater the risk of your teeth shifting back. This may cause additional treatment time and costs to redirect your teeth. 

On the day we remove your braces, Dr. Campbell will provide you a set of upper and lower retainers for you to wear. Some patients may need to wear theirs 24 hours a day, while others can get away with only wearing theirs at night. No matter how long we prescribe, be sure to follow our instructions closely.


How to Clean Your Retainer

Every day, your retainer will require cleaning. Bacteria and plaque can form on your appliances, just like when you had braces, causing tooth decay and gingivitis. To keep your equipment and teeth clean and looking their best, remove them every night to clean them thoroughly. 

To clean your appliances, place a small amount of toothpaste on a soft-bristle toothbrush. Using gentle strokes, brush the appliance on all sides and rinse with lukewarm water. To remove tough stains, soak your retainer in white vinegar and water. Be sure to never use hot water as doing so can warp the material. If you need replacement appliances, additional charges may apply.


Contact Us

If you have any questions about the retention phase or need to request replacement retainers, contact our office. We are happy to help your investment last a lifetime!