The next phase of your treatment
REQUIRES your ACTIVE PARTICIPATION!
It is not only important that you wear your retainers as prescribed…
it is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL!
- Without proper retainer wear, research shows that the potential for your teeth to shift from their straightened position can be up to 90%.
- We used your body’s ability to allow teeth to be moved to transform your smile, but we didn’t change the ability for your teeth to move, that’s not possible with current technology.
- While your smile was being transformed, not only were the positions of the teeth changed, the bone supporting your teeth was changed as well.
- For the bone to “catch up” to the new positions of your teeth it can take 6-9 months depending on your age and treatment, so special dedication to retainer wear is necessary during this time.
- After the bone has returned to its normal state, you still still need to wear your retainer, but you can go to part time wear and then eventually night time wear which should be continued or you risk your teeth shifting.
- You follow the retention protocol and you have an awesome smile with straight teeth that don’t shift, or
- You eventually ignore the recommendations and your teeth move enough that you end up with another round of treatment to correct the issue or maintain your teeth in the shifted positions.
We want the first outcome!
Protect your investment (both time & money) by following our
4 easy-to-follow rules, regarding your teeth, STARTING TODAY!
Rule #1: Wear Them
I will always WEAR MY RETAINERS AS PRESCRIBED
We recommend this general guideline:
- Protection Phase (First 3 months): Wear your retainers FULL TIME (except for eating, brushing, and special occasions)
- Transition Phase (Next 3 months): 16-18 hours per day/night, or as Dr. John instructs
- Indefinite Phase (After 6 months): Night time wear
- Retainer Checks: We will see you 6 months after completing your active treatment and again 9-12 months later. After that time, you are welcome back as desired.
Rule #2: Clean Them
I will KEEP MY RETAINERS CLEAN
- The best time to clean it is prior to going to bed, but many people like to do it more.
- After removing your retainer, gently brush it using a toothbrush, toothpaste, and cool water.
- Once a week, your retainer should be soaked in distilled white vinegar for two hours to remove stains and plaque.
Rule #3: Protect Them
I will PROTECT MY RETAINERS
- Your retainer has been custom-made for you and is not indestructible.
- Please store it in the provided retainer case when not in use to ensure clean storage and minimize potential for loss or damage.
- Remember that pets love to chew on retainers!
- Retainers do not last a lifetime. With normal wear, a retainer will need to be replaced periodically. Therefore, it is important to periodically schedule retainer checks and to replace them as necessary. After the complimentary set of retainers, there will be an investment in new ones.
Rule #4: Contact Us
IF my retainer is LOST OR BROKEN, I will CONTACT YOU IMMEDIATELY to have it REPAIRED OR REPLACED:
- The longer you wait, the more potential for your teeth to move.
- Replacing a retainer is much less costly and much more comfortable than straightening your teeth again.
- The current retainer replacement investment is $160.00 per invisible retainer, or $250.00 for a Hawley retainer.
IF YOUR RETAINER IS LOST OR BROKEN:
- Continue wearing your retainer in the meantime even if it is in 2 pieces.
- Depending on how long its been since your braces have come off determines how critical it is to get in right away.
- We do need to see you for new impressions, as the models of your teeth are broken during the retainer fabrication process