Retaining That Beautiful Smile

What are the advantages of retaining your beautiful new smile?

Congratulations on your fantastic smile and healthy bite!! You have come a long way from where we started. The “active” treatment is over and you are now entering the retention phase of your treatment. Retainers are designed to hold teeth in their corrected position as your bones and gums adapt to the change. If the retainers are not worn exactly as instructed, your teeth may move back towards their old positions. The maintenance of your results is entirely in your hands. The following suggestions will help you with your retainers.

Removable Retainers:

  • Wear the retainers at all time for 2 months (except meal time), and every night after that, unless instructed otherwise.
  • Keep your retainers extremely clean. DO NOT IMMERSE IN HOT WATER OR LEAVE IN A HOT CAR.
  • Handle your retainers with care.
  • DO NOT soak or clean retainers in: denture cleaner, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, or mouthwash. This can ruin your retainers.

Bonded Retainers:

Bonded retainers are an excellent way to maintain the positions of your teeth and to hold that great smile you have created. However, like any other orthodontic appliance in your mouth, if not cared for, it can provide a host of problems. Below are some basic guidelines to maintain your retainer, and your teeth, in excellent condition.

  • Don’t bite into anything hard.
  • Don’t chew on pens, pencils, water bottle tops, ice cubes.
  • Keep your retainer extremely clean.
  • Proper use of floss is imperative to keep the teeth and gums healthy.

Telephone the office IMMEDIATELY if you notice teeth shifting, cannot wear your retainers, if they do not fit properly, if they are lost or broken, or if anything feels loose. The office number is 480-759-3333. In a pinch, you can purchase a boil-and-bite mouthguard from a sporting goods store to use as a temporary retainer until you can have the concern attended to.