The Truth About Retainers
3/13/2014 10:20 AM
Dr. Ostler wants to see you successfully achieve that timeless and confident smile you have worked so hard to reach. Braces were the first part of your journey to a perfect smile, and now, to ensure that your teeth continue to stay on that same path, you must wear a retainer, especially during the retention phase, which occurs after your braces are taken off your teeth.
Braces straighten your teeth by slowly applying a gentle pressure to your teeth, which in turn, loosens your teeth, so they move into alignment easier. When your braces are taken off your teeth, the looseness is still present and makes your teeth highly susceptible to movement in any direction. To prevent your teeth from moving into unwanted positions, your local Richland and Pasco orthodontist will provide you with a customized retainer that you must wear full time for the next six weeks. Thereafter, you will only need to wear them at night when you go to bed.
Simply, retainers retain the position of your newly aligned teeth. And by not wearing your retainer, you will be putting your teeth in a position, where they will return to misalignment. If you want your teeth to remain straight after receiving orthodontic treatment with braces, then follow Dr. Ostler’s retainer instructions, and KEEP WEARING YOUR RETAINER!
The best ways to make sure you keep wearing your retainer is to remember to wear it and to not lose or break your retainer. We have listed some tips that will help you keep your retainer safe:
- Retainers cannot be lost or broken while inside the mouth.
- Always keep your retainer either inside your mouth or in its case.
- Do not nicely wrap your retainer in a napkin because it may be inadvertently thrown away. You wouldn’t wrap a gift and throw it away, would you?
- Clean your retainers with a toothbrush and do not use toothpaste or mouthwash on them.
- Keep your retainer away from dogs and cats, unless you want them to have new chew toy.
In the event that you cannot find your retainer inside your mouth or in its case, then consider them lost. If your retainer should become damaged or lost, you need to replace them as soon as possible and call our office immediately. You will be responsible to pay for a new retainer, so please be careful!
Thank you for choosing Ostler Orthodontics as your primary Richland, Pasco and Kennewick, WA orthodontic practice. Dr. Ostler and his friendly team look forward to your visit very soon. In the meantime, keep wearing your retainer!