Taking care of your retainers

It’s really up to you, If your retainers are to do their important job, you must do three things: 1. Wear Them As Directed Retainers are effective only if you faithfully follow your orthodon-tist’s instructions for wearing them. And they’re doing their jobs only when they’re in your mouth, not in your pocket or purse. Remember: wearing that retainer after your braces are removed is the best way to preserve that healthy, beautiful smile you worked so hard to get. 2. Keep Them Clean If you’ve been fitted with a removable retainer, it’s easy to clean when you take it out. Your orthodontist will show you how.If your retainer is attached to your teeth, it’s important to brush thoroughly after meals and clean under the wire with dental floss at least once a day. Your orthodontist will teach you how to care for your fixed retainer. If you can’t brush after a meal, be sure to at least rinse your mouth out with water until you have a chance to brush thoroughly.Whether your retainer is removable or fixed, make sure you see your dentist for a thorough cleaning every six months (or more often, if recommended). 3. Handle Them With Care Remember: whenever your retainer is not in your mouth, it should be in its case for safety. Retainers are easier to lose than you think, and they’re expensive to replace. They fall out of pockets and purses. If you take your retainer out to eat and wrap it in a napkin, you may accidentally throw it away. When they’re just lying around, retainers have a way of falling on the floor and being stepped on, or even being picked up by pets.If you’re instructed to wear your retainer for only a part of the day, keep it in its case when it’s not being worn, so it won’t be damaged or lost.

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Retainer doesn’t fit?

You have waited a long time to get your braces removed, but your orthodontic treatment isn't finished yet!

Right after your braces come off, orthodontic patients will receive their retainers.  Sometimes after patients have their braces off we may get a few calls asking why their retainer no longer fits. One reason why this may occur is because something may have happened to distort the shape of the retainer. Clear/plastic retainers can be affected by hot liquids as the heat can warp them.  If they distort just a tiny bit, it can affect how your retainer fits in your mouth.  Traditional wire and acrylic retainers can become distorted by putting the retainer in your mouth incorrectly or stepping or sitting on it.  Brookfield ortodontics, ortodontists, braces,brookfield

Unfortunately, the main reason we see a retainer not fitting is because the retainer is not being warn according to the details given to patients when they receive them.

Keep in mind, that a retainer helps keep your teeth in place after the use of braces.  In order for your teeth to straighten, they will loosen in the process along with the ligaments that hold them in place.  It is natural for the ligaments to want to pull your teeth back to their original position.  By using a retainer, it allows your teeth to tighten back up with the ligaments in the new position. Patients may notice that if they don't wear their retainer, their teeth can drift back to where they were before.  Your orthodontist will recommend the amount of time needed to wear the retainer as everyone's teeth respond differently to treatment. If you happen to lose your retainer, it is very important that you contact your orthodontist's office as soon as possible to be fit for a new retainer.  The longer you wait, the better chance of your teeth drifting back into their old positions.  

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