When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you?ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.

Removable Retainers
Maxillary wrap-around retainers are your upper retainers, which are removable. You must be very careful when handling your upper retainers, as they are fragile and costly to replace. You are given a special case for your retainer; please make sure you keep them in this case when not wearing it! To clean these retainers, brush them with toothpaste (sometimes with denture cleaner) using warm water.

Your retainers should be worn at all times with the exception of eating and brushing your teeth. Your retainer should also be removed when participating in sports that require a mouthguard or while swimming. After 12 months of full-time wear, we may revise your retention treatment, allowing the retainer to strictly be worn at night.

Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you?ve put in so far.

The retainer you wear is delicate and must be handled with care when out of your mouth. It takes a great deal of time and careful work to construct it.

Retainer Care Tips
  • Your retainer must be worn at all times except when cleaning it after each meal. Therefore, you must eat and sleep with the retainer in your mouth and keep it in throughout the day. It should be left out during active sports like football, hard swimming, etc. During these times, keep your retainer in the case we have provided for you. Your retainer should never be out of your mouth for more than one to two hours per day for your sports activities.
  • Eating and speaking may be a little discouraging the first few days. To gain confidence, try eating soft foods such as eggs, cereals, soups and foods that break apart easily (like sandwiches on thin toasted bread). Avoid chewy meats, hardcrusted breads, or bagel sandwiches. Also, go home and practice reading aloud, singing and talking in front of a mirror.
  • Your retainer may simply be rinsed or, better still, scrubbed after breakfast, lunch and snacks. It must be cleaned with toothpaste and your toothbrush after dinner or before going to bed each night Clean the retainer by holding it in the palm of your hand, deep in the basin of the sink, and gently scrub it with your toothbrush. After rinsing, return it to your mouth immediately. Of course, remove the appliance before brushing your teeth, and always brush your teeth and gums after every meal.
  • Should a wire on your retainer accidentally become bent or broken make no attempt to adjust it yourself, rather, phone our office for an appointment.
Remember, your retainer is an important phase of your orthodontic care. We depend on you to wear it as instructed. If there is ever a problem or question, contact us immediately. We are here to help you and encourage you.

There are only a few rules to remember but the reward is a beautiful smile to last a lifetime.

Cheryl Kelley, DMD Pediatric Dentistry | 370 White Spruce Blvd. | Rochester, NY, 14623
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