Retainers are a common orthodontic appliance that can be used to maintain the new position of your teeth after your braces have been removed. They are made from acrylic, metal, or plastic and are worn over the teeth to keep them in place.
At York Mills Orthodontics we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to retainers.
Q. How long should I wear a retainer?
A. Removable retainers are recommended typically for 12 months after your braces have been removed. However, 4-6 months is often recommended and then continued wear at night following this time frame.
Q. Where should I keep the retainer?
A. Keep your retainer in its case when not wearing it. Remember to keep it clean as instructed by your orthodontic team!
Q. How often should I replace my retainer?
A. This will depend on the daily wear and tear. If your retainer is starting to wear down, it’s a good idea to check in with us at York Mills Orthodontics!
Q. Should I wear my retainer while sleeping?
A. Yes, you should continue wearing the retainer when you are sleeping because it is essential to keep your teeth in place. Teeth can shift over time and this can add up and undo all your hard work.
Q. What if my retainers do not fit well?
A. If your retainer doesn’t fit well, if it is too tight or painful to wear, it is best to contact us. It may be as simple as having a new retainer made or having some clear aligners made for a small adjustment.
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