Retainers are appliances used to keep your teeth straight once your orthodontic appliances have been removed. Some retainers are cemented in place, but most are removable. The type of retainer you have been given has been chosen and designed specifically for you! Without retainers, your teeth will move back to the way they were before you received orthodontic treatment. We worked hard as a team to get your teeth straight. Let's work as a team to keep them that way!
Wearing a retainer is easy, but it may take a few days to get used to. Just like braces or Invisalign, talking and swallowing may seem a little awkward at first but will improve after a few days. The more you wear your retainer, the sooner you will get used to it.
Generally speaking, Dr. Sacks will instruct you to wear your retainer for one week, full-time, 24/7. Then you'll be wearing your retainer nightly forever. Dr. Sacks' motto is "Nighttime for a lifetime." Don't stop wearing your retainer without talking to Dr. Sacks.
Please bring your retainers to all future "retainer check" appointments so they can be checked and adjusted as needed.
Clean your retainer every day by brushing it with a soft-bristle toothbrush and water. If you have a cemented retainer, remember to brush and floss every day by using a floss threader.