RETAINERS AND RETENTION PROTOCOL
Retainers are extremely important. You must wear them as prescribed. If you do not, your teeth will move. This would have been explained to you at the beginning of treatment. Retainers need to be worn every night for 2 years. After that you will need to wear the retainers at least 2 nights a week as a lifetime commitment.
Care of retainers:
Clean retainers with water and toothbrush. Do not put into boiling water. Use an appliance cleaner (e.g. Steradent) to keep retainers fresh. When not in use, keep them in their case. Dogs love them. Never leave them accessible to pets.
If the orthodontist has recommended the use of tooth mousse, spread a small quantity of mousse in your retainers and place them on your teeth. Tooth mousse helps enamel to recalcify. It is made from milk products therefore very safe to use overnight.
If you have not seen your dentist in the last 6 months we recommend that you do soon after the braces have been removed for a general check and clean. At Harmony Orthodontics, you will be seen 3 months after the braces have been removed for a check. Your retention will be supervised for a period of 2 years.