Following the course of your orthodontic treatment, it is crucial that you retain your result with retainers. Retainers are specifically designed to maintain the new position of your teeth, if not worn your teeth will naturally want to drift back into their original position.
The gold standard retention involves a combination of fixed and removable retainers, to ensure there is no unwanted tooth movement.
The fixed option is a bonded retainer behind your front teeth, making them invisible and comfortable.
The removable option is a clear retainer worn mostly at night, or additionally during the day if your fixed retained becomes damaged or broken.
To discuss the most suitable option for you, we will consider your personal needs and will advise you on the options during your initial consultation.
If your existing retainers are broken or worn, we can replace them on the same day in most cases, so please contact us to book your free online consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need both fixed and removable retainers?
The gold standard is to have a combination of both fixed and removable retainers.
Not all patients will be suitable to have fixed retainers, but we will discuss your personalised retention regime at the start of your treatment.
How long do the retainers last?
There is not an expiry date on the retainers and if they are in good condition you will not need to replace them.
Some people might grind their teeth and over time the retainers will show signs of wear and tear. When the retainers are broken or have cracks in them, we will recommend you book an appointment for a replacement to be made.
How do I clean my retainer?
Cold soapy water and retainer cleaning tablets are the best way to keep your plastic retainers sparkling clean.
Will I have to wear my retainers forever?
Following the removal of your orthodontic appliance, you will be given a tailored retention regime suitable for you, this varies from patient to patient.
This will be discussed with you at your first appointment and again before removing your braces.
If you have any questions during your active treatment regarding your future retainers, please do not hesitate to contact us.