The benefits of orthodontic treatment will last a lifetime if you wear your orthodontic retainers. Because teeth can continue to move throughout life, we recommend patients wear their removable retainers full time for 3 months and then ‘Nighttime for Lifetime’.
How to Care for Orthodontic Retainers
Because retainers are worn for years, they will need periodic replacement. Your original treatment contract includes one set of retainers after the braces are removed. If the retainers are lost or damaged due to neglect, there will be a charge for replacement. If the retainers become loose or break, contact our office immediately.
Fixed retainers (Bonded Wire)
Fixed retainers, also known as bonded or permanent retainers, are thin wires that are attached to the back of the teeth using dental cement. They are usually used on the lower front teeth, where teeth are more prone to shifting. Fixed retainers are not removable and are intended to be worn indefinitely to maintain the position of the teeth. However fixed retainers occasionally break off of one or more of the teeth. We recommend patients wear a removable retainer in addition to fixed retainers to protect the teeth from shifting in instances where the fixed retainer breaks. Please have this wire monitored by your family dentist at your six-month check ups.
Habits or Conditions that Require Stronger Retention
Our goal is to help your smile stay beautiful and healthy for a lifetime. Your cooperation is essential in order to achieve this goal.