Completing orthodontic treatment is an exciting day and we know you are looking forward to the removal of any and all appliances, brackets, wires, and aligners. However, we also want you to keep that beautiful new smile looking great for the rest of your life! A retainer is designed to do just that- “retain” your new tooth positions and bite so that your smile will maintain its new appearance.
Why Wear A Retainer?
You have just invested a significant amount of time and money into the health and appearance of your smile with orthodontic treatment. Wearing a retainer will ensure that your time and money are not wasted. Dr. Izadi will recommend that you wear your retainer for a specified amount of time daily and most patients will find it easy to wear it at night while they sleep after the initial post-treatment phase where you may need to use it for an extended period each day.
Your retainer will be custom-made to fit over your teeth snugly and support your new smile. Choosing not to wear a retainer will ultimately lead to a re-shifting of your teeth. This is often called orthodontic relapse in adults who wore braces as teens. Even skipping your retainer for a few weeks can allow very subtle movement and you may find that it does not fit as comfortably when you resume wearing it again. Daily wear is the best option for keeping your teeth in place and enjoying your beautiful new smile every day.
How do I care for a retainer?
It is important for both oral and overall health and wellness to keep your retainer clean. This is easily done with daily brushing or soaking in a product approved for cleaning and soaking dentures, such as Polident or Efferdent. You should always keep the retainer in its case to avoid damage.
Can I get a replacement retainer?
Yes. Dr. Izadi can take new impressions and have a new custom retainer made for you if you have lost or damaged one. It is important that you contact us promptly if this occurs so that we can get this process started and minimize any impact to your new smile.