Bonded retainers are used on your lower front six teeth to make sure the teeth stay in alignment and that relapse does not occur. We understand people sometimes forget to wear retainers as prescribed, or stop wearing them earlier than Dr. Mastroianni perscribes. Bonded retainers keep the teeth straight in these instances so that patients do not have to be re-treated.
Bonded retainers are smooth and comfortable causing no irritation to the mouth or tongue. However, it is important to remember to practice proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing. We will also place a clear, removable retainer over the top to ensure all lower teeth are held in place after orthodontic care.
After you get your braces off, wear your retainers full time, unless Dr. Mastroianni instructs otherwise.
- Take your retainers out when eating, and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
- Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Efferdent and other denture cleaners may discolor your retainer, so do not use this type of product. Instead try to find Retainer Brite, it can be purchased online and will not stain or discolor your retainer.
- When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
- Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
- Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
- With proper care your retainers will last for years!
- Remove retainers when swimming.
- Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.
- Always bring your retainers to your appointments.