After removing your braces, you will likely still need to wear a retainer for a while. Your orthodontist will provide you with some important information in terms of when, how long, and why. It’s very important to follow the specific instructions that your orthodontist provides, and the information included below can be used as general guidelines to support the specific recommendations of your orthodontist.
Why a Retainer?
Your teeth have just been set into a new permanent position, and your braces have been removed. Wearing a retainer helps to reinforce the new position of your teeth, and allows your orthodontist to help guide your teeth without the braces. You will need to continue to visit your orthodontist regularly to ensure your retainer is supporting healthy teeth.
How Long Will I Need to Wear the Retainer?
It depends on your teeth, and the length of time that you have had your braces on. Sometimes, you only need to wear your retainer at night for a few months. Others will need to wear a retainer every day, all day and all night for several months. What is important is that you discuss this with Dr. Maduke or Dr. Bulat and follow his or her instructions. After braces, it’s very important to provide the structural support as your mouth and teeth adjust to no longer wearing braces.
What Happens if my Retainer Breaks, or if I Lose It?
Don’t panic! The best thing to do is to contact Dr. Maduke or Dr. Bulat immediately. He or she will have the records in the office, and a new retainer can be made within a few short days, or within a week. You may need to come in to be re-examined and measured for a new retainer, particularly if it has been quite some time since you have had a retainer adjustment. Each retainer is unique to each individual and each mouth.