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Rochester, MN 55902

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Orthodontic Retainers

The benefits of orthodontic treatment will last a lifetime if you keep these important patient responsibilities in mind:

Retainers

Once the active orthodontic appliances are removed, the patient will receive retainers to stabilize the teeth. Because the bone and soft tissues surrounding the teeth are not fully set for several months after braces are removed, it is imperative that the retainers are worn as instructed. Failure to wear the retainers may result in undesirable movement of the teeth, which may require re-treatment.

Because teeth can continue to move throughout life, individuals who have undergone orthodontic therapy should wear retainers indefinitely.

Retainers are made of a thermoplastic material that is sensitive to excessive heat, so they should be kept away from heaters, dishwashers, car dashboards or any place where the temperatures exceed 115 degrees (F). The retainers should be cleaned before and after placement in the mouth. Because the material used for fabrication is slightly porous, plaque tends to cling to the surfaces. Gentle scrubbing with a toothbrush and a mild liquid soap will remove the plaque. A denture cleaning solution, such as Efferdent, will aid in the removal of plaque and tartar. Be sure to rinse the retainers thoroughly after cleaning to remove any cleanser residue.

Our goal is to help your smile stay beautiful and healthy for a lifetime. Your cooperation is essential in order to achieve this goal.

Here Are A Few Things To Remember During The Years Of Retainer Wear

Dental examinations and cleanings after treatment - The patient should continue with proper oral hygiene procedures at home, to include thorough brushing and flossing techniques. The patient’s family dentist should see the patient at least once every 6 months for cleanings and dental examinations.

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