Retainers are designed to help keep your new smile beautiful. It is extremely important to follow the instructions given to you by Dr. Jady in order to maintain the desired treatment results.
Orthodontic retention is aimed at controlling as many forces as possible, but they cannot always be detected and cannot all be neutralized.
Even if the interdigitation of the teeth is good or excellent at the end of treatment, it must be remembered that the teeth are constantly under the influence of numerous forces. This alone should be a good reason to justify wearing retainers faithfully.
Certain dental malpositions, usually the most severe ones, can tend to reappear slightly. Severe rotations and overlapping of anterior lower teeth are the most frequent examples of this situation.
The position of teeth can change anytime throughout life. It is why most patients have to wear retainers for a period of 6-12 months (full time) after their treatment to help stabilize the position of teeth and delay natural changes.
Even if the most critical period is the first few months and year following the end of treatment, it is often indicated to stabilize or retain the teeth for a much longer period (many years). Most orthodontists advocate “lifetime” retention.
Any force acting on the dentition can influence the position of teeth including biting forces and forces applied by the tongue, lips, and cheeks. Therefore, retainers are necessary to maintain the “entire” arch form.
It is important that you follow closely the instructions given to you concerning the wearing of the retainers during the retention period. Any negligence in that respect may cause undesirable changes.
If, during the retention period, you notice significant dental movements or changes, tell us immediately.
Even if the majority of results are usually stable, there can be a certain relapse in the position of one or several teeth for reasons beyond our or your control.
- Wear your retainer at all times, until Dr. Jady instructs otherwise.
- Take your retainers out when eating, and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
- Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and mild soap. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors. Efferdent, Retainer Brite, or orther orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used, but do not take the place of brushing.
- When retainers are not in your mouth, they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
- Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
- Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken, call us immediately.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
- Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
- Retainer replacement is expensive, but with proper care, they will last for years! Remove retainers when swimming or playing sports.
- Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, pets, washing machines,
dishwashers, and napkins.
Please contact Jady Chiakowsky Orthodontics at 541-485-4466 if you have any questions about your retainer. Together, we can make your beautiful smile last a lifetime!