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Everything You Need To Know About Retainers

Lin Orthodontics · February 13, 2021

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Invisible Retainers

We've removed your braces and made you a set of removable clear retainers. The retainers will RETAIN the position of your teeth. Please wear them FULL TIME for the next 6 weeks, then we'll transition you to wearing them just when you sleep.

Rules for Wearing Invisible Retainers

  • Take them out of your mouth to eat, or drink.
  • When not in your mouth keep them in the retainer box.
  • Keep away from pets; they like to use them as chew toys.
  • Wear every night to prevent the teeth from shifting.
  • If your retainer feels too tight it means the teeth are trying to shift. WEAR THEM MORE until tightness abates.
  • For every one night that you've missed wearing your retainer, make up for by wearing it a whole day.
  • If you lose the retainers or they break etc., we will need to make a new mold and replace the retainer.
  • We recommend Retainer Brite or any standard denture cleaning product to keep your retainers clean.

Fixed Retainers

We have placed a fixed retainer behind your front teeth. This retainer will RETAIN the position of these teeth while the remaining permanent teeth erupt. We typically remove this retainer once all the permanent teeth have erupted. At that time either a removable retainer is made or further orthodontics is begun.

Rules for Wearing Fixed Retainers

  • Be careful biting into foods with the front teeth to prevent breakage of the retainer.
  • Keep the teeth and gums clean around the retainer. An oral irrigator like a Waterpik works well.
  • If teeth seem to be moving or spacing, the retainer may be broken. Call our office right away for repair.
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