Congratulations on completing your Orthodontic treatment!

In most instances it has been 18 – 24 months of hard work. In order to ensure your teeth stay in their new corrected position you will need to wear a retainer.

We will decide which retainer is best for you.

Base Plate Retainer

This retainer is removable and is made of a plate which covers the roof of your mouth as well as a wire which sits across your front teeth to control their movement. These retainers are designed for the upper teeth

Clear Retainer

These retainers are clear removable retainers which cover all the surfaces of your teeth

Fixed Retainers

This retainer consist of a wire which sits behind your front teeth. It may be placed on both upper and lower teeth and is not removable

Combinations of these retainer types may also be used in some instances.

Removable Retainers

Using your retainer

After finishing your orthodontic treatment your Orthodontist will instruct you on how often and when you need to wear your retainer as each patients requirements are different. It is important you follow these instructions carefully as it is essential to the long term success of your orthodontic treatment.

Looking after your removable retainer:

It is important to take your retainers out when eating and give them a good clean under running water with a soft brush. Please do not use toothpaste on your retainers as it will abrade their surfaces.  You will also need to take your retainers out when swimming and playing contact sports.

When you are not wearing your retainer please place it in the box provided to ensure it does not get lost or broken.

Please note that a common way retainers are lost is via wrapping it in a tissue and accidentally throwing it out, or leaving it around for a dog to find.

Fixed Retainers

Using your retainer

Fixed retainers are a thin piece of wire attached to the inside front teeth on either the top, bottom or both.  The advantage of fixed retainers is that you don’t need to remember to place your retainer in as it is in and active all the time.  A thin layer of dental glue is used to bond the wire to the inside of the teeth so it stays put.  Although these retainers remove the need for you to remember to wear your retainer it is important that the wire is kept immaculately clean to prevent dental plaque building up and causing problems to your teeth and gums.  A toothbrush, floss and dental pixters should be used.  These wires should be professionally cleaned by your general dentist every six months at your regular visit.  Although unlikely, it is possible that the glue attaching the wire to the tooth may come unstuck.  It is important that you monitor that your fixed retainer is attached to keep your teeth perfectly straight.  If it does come unstuck your Orthodontist or general dentist can easily glue it back on.

Looking after your fixed retainer:

Taking care of your fixed retainers should be incorporated into your daily brushing. To assist in cleaning around your fixed retainers it is important to purchase a floss which can be threaded under the wire such as Super floss, or pixters to clean between the teeth.