When your braces are removed, you will begin the retention stage of your treatment. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that teeth move all through life. This movement is a natural growth feature. It occurs irrespective of whether or not one has had orthodontic treatment and is not due to the presence of wisdom teeth. However the speed of movement is fastest immediately after orthodontic treatment, so proper wear & care of these retainers will be important to help minimise movement.
Retainers may be fixed to the teeth or may be removable. There are advantages & disadvantages to either, and Dr. Crotty will If you have a removable retainer, remember to remove it before brushing, and to brush it (without toothpaste) before placing it back in your mouth.
Cleaning your removable retainers
Removable retainers are made primarily of plastic. This plastic is sensitive to heat, particularly the essix-style retainer, so should never be put near hot fluids. When the retainer is fitted, you will be given a sample of retainer cleaning tablets. If you find these useful, you can purchase more. Also, toothpaste will damage the surface. A good way of keeping the retainer clean is to buy an inexpensive toothbrush and use it every day with cold water and a small drop of washing up liquid.