Retainers - Aftercare
Retainers are worn to keep your teeth straight while the bone and gums reform and strengthen around the teeth in their new position.
Wear of the retainer
Always take out and put in your retainers as you have been shown. You must wear your retainers at ALL TIMES 24 HOURS A DAY for at least first 6 months.
It is very important that you still keep your appointments with us. After 6 months the orthodontist may ask you to adjust your retainers. A poorly fitting retainer can actually spoil you treatment.
Eating and drinking
At first eating and speaking with you retainers will be difficult. After a while your mouth will adjust to them and you will be able to speak as before! Depending on the type of your retainers you will have been advised to remove them before eating. If you remove the retainers they must be placed in the hard box for safe keeping while eating. We sell these boxes the practice.
Your retainers must be removed for cleaning. They should be cleaned with a tooth brush and toothpaste on all surfaces making sure you clean all wires and plastic thoroughly.
Breaking or loss of retainers
If you damage or lose your retainers do not wait until your next visit as teeth may begin to move, call immediately and we will arrange an emergency appointment for you. If you damage your retainers beyond repair or lose them there will be a charge for replacements, as NHS provides only one set of retainers.
PLEASE NOTE THAT FAILURE TO WEAR YOUR RETAINERS AS INSTRUCTED OR KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENTS WILL RESULT IN YOUR TEETH BECOMING CROOKED AGAIN.