Dr. Maxwell is so excited to offer more than one option for retention after your orthodontic treatment. He believes that offering multiple choices is crucial to their patients because not everyone prefers the same option. Retention is such an important part of the orthodontic process and the doctor wants to make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible when taking the steps to retain their new, beautiful smile. The doctor and staff will make sure to guide you and your family along the way to make sure you're informed on how to use your retainer.
Types of Retainers
Whether you received treatment from Suresmile, Invisalign, Damon, or Ceramic braces, retention is key in maintaining your smile. We offer two types of retainers at our office. One that is bonded permanently to the teeth and one that is removable. Not all patients are alike and we wanted to make sure we covered everyone's preference. The two types of retainers are listed and explained below:
- Bonded Retainer: Our bonded retainer is a great choice for the person who doesn't want to worry about taking their retainer in and out. With this retainer, you can eat normally without worry. This retainer is a wire that is placed behind the upper or lower front teeth.
- Removable Retainer: The removable retainer isn't permanent which some patients prefer. Without the commitment of having something permanently in your mouth, this retainer is one that you have the freedom of taking out.
Caring For Your Removable Retainer
It is very important to put care into keeping your retainer clean and safe. You just went through a lot of work for your new smile and keeping your retainer in good condition will also keep your smile in good condition.
- Keeping It Clean: You must wear your retainer 24 hours a day, except when you eat or brush your teeth. It is also important to take it out when playing contact sports but to also remember putting it back in as soon as possible. When you're not wearing your retainer, place it in a warm (not hot) glass of water with denture cleaner or a drop of dish detergent. Do not wash or soak in hot water as it may cause warping. You can also brush it with toothpaste as well. These tactics will prevent a funky taste and also plaque from sticking to your retainer.
- Keeping It Safe: Make sure to use your retainer case when you are away from home. This will protect it from being stepped on, thrown away, or lost. Do not wrap the retainer in a napkin as it can be mistaken for garbage and thrown away. When taking your retainer out, only use the loops on the wire. When putting it back in, push up on the plastic. Do not push or pull on the straight part of the wire, as it will easily bend. Write your name and number, as well as Dr. Max's name on your retainer case in the case of you losing your retainer. Another important thing to remember is to keep it away from pets. Pets love to chew retainers!
Caring For Your Bonded Retainer
It is much easier to care for a bonded retainer as it sits permanently in your mouth and doesn't move. However, if you had braces then you would know that it takes extra care to keep your teeth clean. Floss threaders should be used to clean between the teeth and below the gums. There is an extra component to your mouth now and it's up to you to make sure you clean around your new bonded retainer.
If the retainer is lost or broken beyond repair, there will be a charge for replacements. However, please do not wait to call! Your teeth can move quickly which would ruin the smile you worked so hard to create. Without a retainer, your teeth could move back to their original maligned positions. If you have any questions or problems, please call us and we'll be glad to help you. Conveniently located in Monroe and covering the Sultan and Snohomish WA areas, we offer a great location and easy payment options.