You are in charge of keeping your teeth straight
Wear as directed.
A retainer is a key part of your orthodontic treatment, and it only does its job in your mouth. Wearing your retainer after braces is the best way to preserve your healthy smile and prevent teeth from moving back into their original positions. Wear exactly as directed by your orthodontist.
Your orthodontist will show you how to clean both removable and attached retainers. If you can't clean your retainer after a meal, rinse your mouth with water until you have a chance to brush more thoroughly. Make sure to visit your dentist for your regular cleanings every six months.
Handle with care.
If it's not in your face, it should be in your case. This will protect your retainer from getting thrown away, stepped on or eaten by your dog.
Types of retainers:
Some are removable and some are fixed to your teeth. They can be for upper, lower or both sets of teeth. Your orthodontist will provide the best kind specific to your needs.
Why do teeth shift?
Changes in tooth position are lifelong and naturally occurring. Do not be alarmed if small changes occur. Teeth are not set in concrete. They are set in bone. Because the bone around your teeth is continually changing (breaking down and re-building), your teeth may shift after your braces are removed.
Can retainers be worn too long?
No. Many people wear removable retainers nightly for the rest of their lives.
My Teeth Are Out of Place After Orthodontist Treatment as a Teen:
If you notice an unwanted change in your smile or bite, contact your orthodontist. An orthodontic "tune up" may be necessary.
When to Contact My Orthodontist?
Contact your orthodontist if your retainer is lost, broken or not fitting properly, or your fixed-retainer becomes loose.