The day your braces come off is a day to celebrate, but to make sure that smile stays so beautifully straight, the work isn’t quite finished yet. Wearing your retainer is an important component of your treatment.
How long do I need to wear my retainers in Kaneohe?
While it may vary from patient to patient, the normal period for full-time retainer wear lasts for about two years. During this time, we will schedule regular appointments every 3-6 months to give us an opportunity to monitor your progress and address any questions or concerns you have. After this full period of full-time retainer wear, we will often recommend part-time retainer wear indefinitely, so as to ensure your smile is as straight and beautiful as the day your braces came off!
Can teeth move after treatment?
Absolutely! The forces that our office took advantage of to move your teeth into proper position are the same ones that can shift your teeth into an improper position without care and oversight. Tooth position typically changes in patients over time, regardless of orthodontic treatment, and minor changes to your retainer may be necessary for the future, but our ultimate goal is to keep your smile beautiful and functional for the rest of your life.
Retainer Care in Kaneohe
Losing or breaking your retainers not only potentially jeopardizes your new smile, but it also adds expense for retainer repair or replacement! Therefore, it is important that you treat your retainer with as much care as possible. Brush your retainer with soap and cool water (not hot). You may also need to soak it occasionally in a dental cleanser to keep it smelling and tasting fresh. And if your retainer is not in your mouth, it should be in its case! Retainers kept in pockets, placed on tables, or tucked into napkins are frequently broken or accidentally thrown away. Be sure to keep your retainers away from dogs or other pets, as they will often try to chew on them. If you break or lose your retainer, please contact our Kaneohe orthodontist right away so that we can repair or replace it for you as soon as possible.
Remember – retainers are important to keep your new smile forever, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far!