RETAINERS

Dr. Case recommends long term retention.

ABOUT

When your braces are removed, you then begin the retention stage of your treatment. At the time of your removal Dr. Case prescribes the retainer (s) which he feels fits the patient best based upon the type of treatment they received. There are different types of retainers. If you feel strongly about a specific type of retainer you would like, be sure to discuss it with the doctor prior to your removal appointment. Your custom made retainer is made especially for you and should, therefore, be treated with a great deal of care. Contact the office if you need them adjusted, replaced or if you have any retention problems.

 

TYPES OF RETAINERS

Removable retainer with wires

Clear removable retainer

Bonded retainers

 

CLEANING YOUR RETAINERS

Retainers should be cleaned by holding them in the palm of your hand and brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste once a day. To prevent a buildup of plaque and minerals (white film) on the retainers, which is difficult to remove by brushing, soak them in 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 cup water for 30 minutes, then scrub again. This can be done once a week and should help loosen buildup on retainers.

 

RETAINER CARE WARNINGS

DO NOT boil your retainer(s) to disinfect or sterilize. IT WILL MELT!

DO NOT wrap your retainer(s) in a napkin or leave lying on a counter for it will accidentally thrown away!! 90% of retainers are lost when wrapped in a napkin. Be sure to put your retainer(s) in their case while eating or lay them beside your plate where clearly visible.

DO NOT leave retainer(s) in the car on a hot sunny day. This will result in warping or distorting of your retainer(s).

DO NOT leave your retainer(s) on a nightstand or coffee table within your pets reach!! Pets love something to chew on. Store your retainer(s) in the case provided when not in use.

DO NOT use Polydent or Efferdent or any other type of denture cleansing tablets. These will cause your retainer to come apart If you accidently bend your retainer(s) or if it is feeling loose, DO NOT try to adjust your retainer(s).Please call the office for an appointment to have it checked.