Retainers will be made for you and fitted by Dr Finkelstein at the end of orthodontic treatment after your braces have been removed. They can be either removable or fixed onto your teeth. Retainers attach to your upper and/or lower teeth to hold them in place. There are different types of retainers. Dr Finkelstein will advise you on the best retainer for your needs.
It is very important to wear your retainers to maintain the new position of your teeth so your teeth do not move or relapse into your prior problems.
Types of retainers
Retainers may be removable or fixed in place. They may be clear plastic or metal fixed to the inside surface of your teeth. In each case it is very important that you clean your teeth and retainers thoroughly.
Wear and care of retainers
You should wear your retainers for the time specified by Dr Finkelstein. If the retainers are removable, take them out when eating and whenever they are out, place them in their case so they don’t damaged or lost.
Just as you clean your teeth, you need to carefully clean your retainers. The removable retainers are cleaned by brushing them with a tooth brush and tooth paste using warm (not hot) water.
You will need to wear your retainers full time for at least 6 months. Dr Finkelstein will advise you on the period. After that time you will need to wear them at night during sleep, to maintain the corrected position of your teeth.
Retainers can be broken so take good care of them and treat them gently. Do not wear your retainers when swimming.
Contact us about Retainers and book an appointment to discuss your options for treatment.