Finally!! Free From Braces!!
So now you are free of your braces, and you want to keep your teeth straight. It is a must that you wear your retainers. Here, at iSmile Orthodontics we offer clear retainers after your treatment with us and you may have a few questions like:
Q: Why do I have to wear a retainer, I wore braces for two years?
A: Naturally, your teeth will want to return back to its original formation (relapse). Wearing the retainer will help stop the teeth from shifting after treatment. It is also imperative to wear it as a young person finishing treatment. This is because as you grow your teeth are also shifting and retention will help hold your teeth in place and maintain your perfect smile.
before & after
Q: Do I have to wear retainers all the time?
A: It takes about a year for the bone tissues and the bone to stabilize and reform to the teeth movement. Generally our doctors, here at iSmile Orthodontics, say that for the first three months wearing the retainer, then soon after result to wearing the retainer only at night.
Q: Is the retainer metal?
A: The retainer that iSmile Orthodontics uses is a clear essix retainer.
Q: How do I take care of it?
A: The best way to take care of your essix is to put it in the case that is provided for you. Putting it in a napkin is a bad idea, because it is likely that it will end up in the garbage. The only time when the essix should be in the case and not in the mouth is while eating and brushing. Generally the only thing that you are able to drink while wearing the essix retainer is water. To clean the retainer, only cold water is used. Hot or warm water will only ruin the formation of the plastic and therefore no longer be the true shape of the teeth. Gentle brushing with toothpaste and a tooth brush or even hand washing with dish soap works great!
However if your retainer breaks, or is lost, call your local iSmile Orthodontics and speak with our doctors about getting a new one.
Ask about our lingual retainers! A great contribution to you retention after treatment!