You will begin the retention phase of your therapy when we remove your braces. A minimum of 24 months is required for a person to remain in the retention phase. Retainers are critical to the ultimate outcome of your orthodontic treatment, therefore we recommend that you continue to put in the effort the same amount effort you already put in. Brush your retainer before putting it back in your mouth.
If you follow these simple guidelines, the advantages of orthodontic treatment may last a lifetime.
Dental examinations and cleanings – The patient should continue to practice appropriate dental hygiene at home, including regular brushing and flossing. Dentists recommend that patients get cleanings and exams at least every six months.
When the active orthodontic appliances are removed, the patient will get retainers to keep their teeth straight. When braces are removed, the bone and soft tissues that surround the teeth take a few months to adapt to their new place. Because of this, it is very important that the retainers are worn as directed. Failure to wear the retainers could cause the teeth to move in an unwelcome way, which could require more treatment.
Because teeth can move all through life, we think that people who have had orthodontic treatment should wear retainers for the rest of their lives unless directed otherwise. Retainers should be worn by a patient as directed by our office.
Thermal plastic retainers should be maintained away from heat sources like heaters and dishwashers, as well as automobile dashboards and other places where temperatures surpass 115 degrees Fahrenheit (F). Before and after placing the retainers in the mouth, they should be cleaned. Plaque adheres to the surfaces because the substance used for production is somewhat porous. Plaque may be removed by using a toothbrush and mild liquid soap to clean the teeth. Efferdent, a denture cleaning product, may help remove plaque and tartar from dentures. Keep the retainers clean by rinsing well after cleaning.
It is our objective to ensure that your teeth and gums remain attractive and healthy for the rest of your life. In order to accomplish this aim, we need your involvement.