When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The supervised retention phase lasts for a minimum of 12 months. After that you will be on your own and should wear your retainers as Dr.Dykes has recommended. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before eating or brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.
You must be very careful when handling your upper retainer, as it can be stretched out and are costly to replace. We will give you a special case for your retainer; please make sure you keep it in this case when not wearing it! This will lessen the chance of throwing it away or losing track of it. If it’s not in your face it’s in the case! To clean your retainer, brush it with an antibacterial mouthwash or antibacterial soap and warm water. NOTE: Never use toothpaste asit will scratch the clear plastic.
Your retainer should be worn at all times unless otherwise directed by Dr.Dykes or the team; with the exception of eating and brushing your teeth. Your retainer should also be removed when participating in sports that require a mouth guard or while swimming. After 6 months of full-time wear, Dr. Dykes may revise your retention treatment, allowing the retainer to strictly be worn at night.
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