Why Retainers Are So Important

You’ve probably read a lot about orthodontic treatments, including appliances such as braces and Invisalign. However, have you ever heard about the orthodontic retention phase? This is normally a post treatment measure to ensure your smile maintains its beautiful shape! Some are only meant to be worn a few months after a treatment, while others are recommended to be worn years, normally when the patient sleeps.

Retainers are not only sleek and comfortable, but play an important role in maintaining your jaw and bite. At Alliston Orthodontic & Oral Surgery, we want your smile to be one that shines bright for the years to come!


What Do Retainers Do?

After orthodontic treatment is completed, and your appliance is removed, retainers are typically worn at night when you sleep. As braces slowly shift your teeth over time, these changes can be reversed if not worn consistently. Retainers need to be worn properly, covering all your teeth and should fit firmly, but not hurt. Most of the time, you’ll need to wear your retainer for at least 12 months to reduce your risk of teeth shifting post treatment.


How Do I Take Care Of Them?

Retainers are very easy to take care of. It is best to rinse the retainer whenever you put it back in your mouth, and it should be cleaned daily. To do so, simply place your retainer under lukewarm water, and brush gently with your toothbrush. For a deep clean, use a mild dish soap and rinse thoroughly. Remember to clean the carrying case every so often to avoid as many germs as possible!

It is important to never eat anything with your retainers as food can damage, or change the shape of the tray. Unless you’re drinking water, it is always best to play it safe and take it out when eating and drinking. When you notice your retainer changing colour, or becoming too pliable, call us and we can assess your mouth and arrange new ones!


Come Visit Us In Alliston!

Dr. Shapiro and our awesome team would love to meet you!  We have enhanced our clinic with up-to-date COVID-19 protocols for your health and safety. We offer a variety of treatments and services such as braces, Invisalign and mouthguards! Call us at 705-435-1315 or email us at smile@aoos.ca. We can’t wait to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!