Congratulations on completing your orthodontic treatment with Maple Orthodontics! We're thrilled to have helped you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Now that your braces or Invisalign treatment is complete, it's important to wear your retainer as directed to maintain your results. Here are some instructions on how to care for and wear your retainer:
Wear Your Retainer Consistently
To keep your teeth from shifting back to their original positions, it's important to wear your retainer as directed by your orthodontist. This may mean wearing it all day for the first few months and then only at night going forward.
Take Care of Your Retainer
Clean your retainer with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and room temperature water daily. You can also use mild soap or dish detergent to clean it. Avoid using hot water, as it can warp the plastic and weaken your retainer. Be sure to keep your retainer in its case when you're not wearing it to prevent damage or loss. Pets love the smell of retainers. By storing them in the case we provide you hopefully your pets will not be able to get ahold of them and chew them up or even worse- swallow them!
Avoid Eating with Your Retainer
To prevent damage to your retainer and to ensure proper hygiene, avoid eating or drinking anything (except water) while wearing it.
Don't Bend or Adjust Your Retainer
If your retainer feels uncomfortable or loose, contact our office right away. Attempting to adjust or bend it yourself can damage the appliance and affect your orthodontic results.
Bring Your Retainer to Your Follow-Up Appointments
During your follow-up appointments with our team, we'll check the fit and function of your retainer. Be sure to bring it with you to these appointments so we can make any necessary adjustments and evaluate your tooth stability.
Following these instructions will help ensure that your orthodontic results last a lifetime. If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer or maintaining your new smile, please don't hesitate to contact our experienced team at Maple Orthodontics. We're here to help you achieve the best possible outcome from your orthodontic treatment.