Immediately following the removal of braces, retainers must be worn to maintain result.
Your speech may be affected at first, but every day you will improve progressively. Leave retainers out while eating. We recommend that retainers be worn 18 hours a day for the first six months, then every night for two years to sleep and then two times a week for two years to sleep. After that we recommend optionally 2-3 times a month, Lifetime.
Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth. We also recommend removing the retainers when participating in sports that require a mouth guard or while swimming. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.
Another option for patients is a Lingual Bonded Retainer (LBR) to hold teeth 24/7 and removable retainers are worn three nights a week to sleep. This is a small wire glued behind the anterior teeth. This eliminates the need to wear removable retainers during the day with potential misplacement. We recommend you always keep your retainers and wear them periodically to maintain your orthodontic result.
If your Lingual Bonded Retainer (LBR) come loose please wear the removable retainer and call our office during business hours to schedule a repair appointment.