Now that your braces are off, you need to keep your teeth from moving. This process involves the wearing of removable retainers. In most cases we will bond (glue) a lingual wire behind the lower front six teeth and occasionally behind the upper front four teeth.
You will also receive a clear removable retainer for the upper and lower teeth. You will wear it as instructed. Retainers are a lifetime commitment, to be worn nightly, indefinitely!
Care of your Retainers is very vital to ensure long lasting retainers. Make sure you brush and floss around your bonded retainers. The adhesive (glue) on your bonded wire can come loose, especially if you bite directly into hard foods. It does need to be fixed in a timely manner to ensure your teeth not move.
When brushing your removable retainer you are to only use cold water and hand soap. Do not use toothpaste as it is abrasive and will scratch and make the retainer cloudy. Always keep your retainer in the case when you are not wearing it; pets, especially dogs, will eat it. Please be very careful with the care of your retainers, as they are an important aspect to orthodontic treatment.
Like other personal items, retainers may also wear over time. Replacing a worn retainer is a wise investment in caring for your smile!