Retention - End of
mark the end of orthodontic treatment. You are now responsible
for wearing the retainers, and to maintain the finished result,
it is imperative that you adhere to your
retainer schedule. If the schedule is not followed, your teeth
may shift to the extent that the results we both worked so hard
to obtain will be compromised, and retreatment, with additional
expense, would be involved.
Loose and tight fitting retainers
are good indicators that the retainers have not been worn and
adjustment may be necessary. If the retainers have not been
worn for a long period, a replacement may be necessary.
Mandibular Hawley Appliance
retainers are acrylic custom appliances and must be worn as
recommended by the orthodontist to maintain teeth alignment.
Clear retainers are optional to the patient, and are most
requested by adult patients. Clear retainers are an additional
A retainer is a custom appliance
and when lost or broken, a replacement retainer is needed. A
cast (mold) of your teeth are taken, and sent to the
laboratory. It takes approximately 1 month for the retainer to
The replacement fee is due at the
time the mold is taken. Please check with the office manager
regarding the current fee.
Keeping your retainer clean and
bacteria-free, we recommend placing them in a plastic container
with lukewarm water, adding a tablet of Efferdent or similar.
Using a soft toothbrush, gently remove any residue and plaque
Recommended yearly retainer visits
for adjustments will continue to keep your teeth aligned and
your bite secure. This yearly adjustment incurs an office visit
fee, and is a worthwhile one for the time, investment and
commitment you made to your treatment.
A splint is
often recommended by the orthodontist when permanent
retention is needed. A splint is a permanent bonding
material or wire that is bonded to the inside of the
dentition to prevent movement of teeth. This procedure is
provided by a General Dentist and an additional