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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.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you wear your retainer for many years.

  • 1Avoid putting your retainer in a napkin or on the table in a restaurant. There is no joy in searching in garbage cans.
  • 2.Keep your retainer out of your pocket at all times. You could sit on it and shatter it.
  • 3.When swimming in a lake or the ocean, remove your retainer to prevent it from getting lost. You may not be able to locate it if it falls out. Depending on the size of the pool, same logic applies.
  • 4.Animals and little children easily get curious about retainers. Please ensure that your retainer is always in your mouth. Your retainer should be removed from your mouth only when you brush or eat.
  • 5.Fixed retainers may be used on your lower teeth. However, even though it’s bonded, if you’re not cautious, it may break or come loose from your teeth.
  • 6.Check-ups are more efficient if you have your retainers with you. Call us immediately if you have any issues with your retainers (such as they don’t fit or they’re damaged). Keeping your bottom bonded retainer wire in case it falls loose is recommended.
  • 7.Your treatment fee covers the cost of your first set of retainers. You will be charged for any repairs, replacements, or rebondings of your retainer.
  • 8.Keep things tidy! It’s important to make sure you brush your teeth without having your retainers in. Make sure you don’t boil your retainer or put it in water that is too hot. You can use toothpaste or water to clean your retainer with a toothbrush.