Retainers

Congratulations on your new smile!! Now that your braces have been removed, you begin the retention stage of your treatment. This retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. One year of full time retainer wear, followed by a year of night time wear. In order to keep your smile looking great, it is very important that you complete the retention phase of treatment. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.
  • Retainers are to be worn at all times with the exception of eating, brushing and playing sports.
  • When retainers are not in your mouth, they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case, never loose in a pocket or backpack.  Do NOT wrap your retainer in a napkin, as this increases the chance of it accidentally being thrown away.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken, call us immediately!
  • Retainer replacement is expensive... with proper care they will last for years!
  • Clean retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush.  Brushing retainers removes the plaque build up.  Soft soap, Polident for retainers or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used.  Never use bleach or other chemicals to clean your retainer.
  • Keep retainers away from hot or boiling water as this will cause the retainer to warp and disfigure.
  • For your teeth to maintain their correct positions,it is important your retainer keep its shape. Be gentle when removing and replacing it.  Avoid flipping it in and out with your tongue. 
  • Initially, your speech may sound different, so keep talking, reading aloud and sing to the radio.  The more practice, the quicker you will be able to speak clearly with your retainer.
  • Always bring your retainer to your follow up appointments in case adjustments are necessary.
  • Fixed retainers (small wire behind your lower front teeth) will remain indefinitely.

If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.

95 Bayly St. West, Suite 302, Ajax, ON Canada L1S 7K8 • phone (905) 427-7310 • phone (905) 427-4768
54 King St. E., Bowmanville, ON Canada L1C 1N3 • phone (905) 623-2283 • info@grewalorthodontics.com