I understand wearing retainers will help limit the teeth movement from their new position. Your teeth will always tend to move back to a position between where you started and from where you finished.
I understand that teeth have a tendency to move throughout life, so lifetime wear of retainers is strongly recommended.
I understand that if retainers are not worn as instructed, the teeth will likely become crooked or space will re-opened again.
I understand that retainers should be worn according to these time frames beginning immediately after the removal of orthodontic appliances, unless otherwise instructed by the doctor:
- First six months: 22 hours a day (remove it when eating, brushing/flossing, drinking liquids different from water)
- Second six months: Every night (after evaluation and if recommended by my orthodontist)
- Thereafter: Nighttime wear for life when indicated
I understand these parameters are subject to change based on the doctor’s observations and recommendations.
I understand that retainers should be cared for as follows:
- Brush the retainer twice a day with your toothbrush with cold water and liquid antibacterial hand soap
- Call the orthodontic office immediately if a retainer does not fit properly, breaks, comes unglued, or is lost.
- Keep retainer out of reach of dogs and pets. ***
- Keep retainer out of extreme heat or cold.
- Always bring all retainers to each orthodontic appointment.
- Don’t boil the retainer or clean with solvents.
- Don’t adjust retainers yourself.
- Don’t wrap retainers in napkins during meals – they may get thrown out ***
- Don’t put retainers in a pocket unless they are inside a retainer case.
I understand that there are only two proper places for the retainers: In the patient’s mouth or in the retainer case!