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The Importance of Wearing Your Retainer

When you’ve had your braces on for months or even years, it’s likely that you may forget what your mouth even feels like without them. So when the big day comes to get them off, most people are more than ready to sport their new, straight smile. But there’s still one last step to your orthodontic treatment.

At Central Florida Smiles, our orthodontists recommend patients wear a life-time retainer once we remove the braces. We understand that life with braces may not have been the most fun activity. After all, you’ve had to take very special care of your braces, teeth and gums by brushing multiple times a day and avoiding some of your favorite foods. We know having to undergo one more step in your orthodontic treatment is not ideal, but we promise you’ll thank us for it in the long run.

Why You Should Wear a Retainer

Together we have worked hard to get your teeth to a position that is ideal for you. Once your braces are removed though, the retention phase of treatment begins. So what does that mean? For many months, your braces worked to realign your teeth to a more healthy-looking smile. But once braces are removed, teeth have a tendency to shift back into their original positions. By routinely wearing a retainer, clients can prevent teeth from moving and instead allow them to adapt into their new position.

We know wearing braces, whether as a child or adult, can be a hassle. You have spent a lot of time caring for your teeth and braces and coming in for routine visits. Although we try to make our braces as affordable as possible, orthodontic treatment can add up in price. Adding another step to your orthodontic treatment is not ideal—we get it. But retainers are extremely important in retaining your new, beautiful smile.

Did you know as many as 50 percent of adult patients have to get braces again because their teeth ended up moving back to their original position? As it turns out, their orthodontist was right about the possibility of their teeth shifting if they didn’t wear a retainer. Don’t throw away all that extra time and money that you have spent on getting straight teeth. By following our instructions, you can keep your teeth in tip-top shape and avoid having to undergo another orthodontic treatment.

Life With a Retainer

You will be placed with a retainer immediately following the removal of your braces. Over the course of your life, you can expect mild settling of your teeth—this is natural and does not require re-treatment. The best way to prevent any major changes in your alignment is by wearing your retainer. We suggest patients wear the appliance indefinitely and visit us twice a year for a check-up, at least during the first year after your braces are removed.

Prior to leaving our office with your new retainer, you will be given specific care instructions. Before you do your brushing and flossing routine, remember to first remove your retainer. Always remember to brush your retainer, too, to help remove any food particles that may have become lodged throughout the day. You’ve put a lot of time and money into getting the perfect smile, so remember to wear your retainer on a daily basis and call us with any questions.

When to Call Us

If your retainer breaks or you lose it somewhere, you should immediately call us for a replacement. While not likely, you may notice a tooth moving more dramatically than you expect. If this is the case, we suggest you start wearing your retainer for 24 hours a day and call us to schedule a visit.

We recommend seeing your regular family dentist twice a year for cleanings. They will also be able to notice if your wisdom teeth are coming in and need to be removed, but we would be happy to check them for you in our clinic as well.

To learn more about retainers or to set up a visit with Central Florida Smiles, give us a call today at 408-862-1870 (Longwood location) or 407-805-0068 (Lake Mary location). We look forward to seeing you in our office soon!