Retainers are part of orthodontic treatment too
Here’s what you need to know
How do they work?
They are made by taking an impression of your teeth from which a stone mould is made and used to form a retainer. Your retainer is fitted at a subsequent appointment.
Initially, you will be required to wear your retainer full time (usually for 6 weeks). After this initial period, your retainer is worn overnight for as long as teeth are to be maintained in a straightened position.
The good news is there is more than one option when it comes to retainers
Both removable and bonded lingual retainers are available to Specialty Orthodontics patients.
Removable retainers are totally clear, thin plastic material that is almost invisible on teeth. Initially - for a period of six weeks - your retainers need to be worn 24 hours per day, only to be removed to eat, drink or brush teeth. After this initial more intense period, you will only be required to wear the retainer at night.
Bonded lingual retainers consist of a fine piece of wire attached to the inside of the upper and lower front four or six teeth. This wire is not visible and ensures no movement of the front teeth occurs while the wire is in place.
We still recommend a clear plastic retainer is worn over the top of the lingual wire every second night to keep back teeth in the treated position.
What happens if I break or lose my retainer?
From time to time patients lose or damage their retainers. If this happens to you, contact us immediately.
We will prepare new retainers for you to avoid any significant changes to your beautiful smile.