Looking for the best Orthodontic Treatment in Miami? You are at the right place. Once we remove your braces, we will move into the retention stage of your treatment. Maintaining the results you achieved during the treatment phase is key to the success of the entire orthodontic process. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your teeth. As with removable retainers, it is very important to keep them clean. When brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any time during the retention phase, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.
The Essix retainer is a clear removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Essix retainers have no metal wires and are virtually invisible. They are relatively durable and easy to wear. Clean them daily with room temperature water, toothbrush and toothpaste, or soapy water.
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Instructions for Retainer Care:
We think one of the most important parts of the total treatment process starts after the braces or Invisalign come off. That’s because when your braces come off, the teeth will be somewhat loose. They need time to “firm up” in the bone until they become stable in their new position.
How Often Should I Wear My Retainer & How Should it Fit?
We will evaluate your retainer fit and wear schedule for the next 12 months. Please wear your retainer as instructed.
For the First 6 Weeks:
Wear the retainer all the time 24/7. Take it out only to eat and brush.
At Week 7 until 6 Months After the Braces Come Off:
Wear the retainer only at bedtime.
At the 6-Month Mark:
You may start trying to wear your retainer every other night at bedtime:
If the retainer feels tight when you wear it at night, you are not ready to go to an every-other-night schedule. Continue wearing the retainer every night.
Over time, as the retainer begins to feel passive (not tight) when inserting it, you may start wearing it every other night.
At the 1-Year Mark:
If your retainer inserts smoothly, without resistance, you can switch to wearing your retainer overnight once per week. However, if it feels tight or has resistance, you should still wear it several nights per week.
If you have a bonded retainer and the wire becomes loose completely, save the wire and call us immediately. It can only be rebonded if we do it immediately so that your teeth don’t move from their position. Unfortunately, if you wait too long, your retainer will no longer fit, and we will have to make a new one.