Retention

How long do I need to wear my retainers?

Dr. Blanchette feels that this is one of the most integral parts of your treatment.  We typically deliver two upper retainers, one which is an "Invisible" or clear plastic which is used during the daytime.  The other is a nighttime "Hawley" retainer which generally has acrylic and a wire across the front teeth.  This one can be customized to suit your personality with different colors, designs and you can add a logo of your sports team.  These retainers are generally worn full time for two months and after that, the Hawley retainer is worn just at bedtime.  As the teeth stabilize, the amount of wear will be reduced.  Typically, most people will eventually wear their retainer about one to two times per week.  It is recommended that this continue indefinitely as the teeth have "memory" and can try to shift. It is our goal to assist you in ensuring that your teeth stay as straight and beautiful as the day your braces came off!  Please let us know if you have any questions or problems!

Retainer Care

Losing or breaking your retainers not only potentially jeopardizes your new smile, it also adds expense for retainer repair or replacement! Therefore, it is important that you treat your retainer with as much care as possible. Brush your retainer with cool (not hot!) water and toothpaste. You may also need to soak it occasionally in dental cleanser to keep it smelling and tasting fresh. And if your retainer is not in your mouth, it should be in its case! Retainers kept in pockets, placed on tables or tucked into napkins are frequently broken or accidentally thrown away. Be sure to keep your retainers away from dogs or other pets, as they will often try to chew on them. If you break or lose your retainer, please contact our office right away so that we can repair or replace it for you as soon as possible.

Remember – retainers are important to keep your new smile looking great so please follow Dr. Blanchette's instructions!