Once your braces are removed, you enter into the final stage of treatment, which is just as important as the active phase of orthodontics. The final stage is the retention phase. We will use custom-fit retainers to stabilize your teeth in their new position until the bones, gums and muscles adapt to the new position.
It is vitally important for you to follow the wearing instructions provided to you by Dr. Caraway to ensure the overall success of your treatment. If you fail to do so, your teeth will likely move towards their original position.
The retention phase time varies for each patient. While some may only need retainers for a set period of time, others may need a permanent retention solution to maintain the new position of the teeth. Dr. Caraway will determine which option is most suitable for you.
In addition to following the wearing instructions provided by Dr. Caraway, here are more helpful tips in properly caring for your retainers:
- Wear the retainers in your mouth, not in your pocket. They should be worn at all times, even when sleeping. Retainers may only be removed while eating, brushing your teeth, swimming or playing contact sporting activities.
- Retainers only work if you follow our instructions.
- Clean your retainers with a toothbrush and toothpaste after meals. Denture cleaner may also be used for a more intense cleaning.
- Retainers are very fragile; handle them with care.
- Retainers are easy to lose. Always place them in their case when they are not in your mouth. Never wrap them in a napkin and set them on the table.
- Keep retainers out of reach from pets as they make a great chew toy.
- Do not store retainers in high temperatures. If you need to sterilize your retainer, bring it to us.