When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.
Most retainers are removable. You must be very careful when handling your retainers, as they are fragile and costly to replace. You are given a special case for your retainers; please make sure you keep them in this case when not wearing it! To clean these retainers, brush them with toothpaste (sometimes with denture cleaner) using warm water.
Your retainers should be worn at all times with the exception of eating and brushing your teeth. Your retainers should also be removed when participating in sports that require a mouthguard or while swimming. After 6-12 months of full-time wear, we may revise your retention treatment, allowing the retainer to strictly be worn at night. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.