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Congratulations on getting your braces off! You have worked hard to earn that great new smile - so here’s all the info that you need to keep that smile looking good. In addition to brushing and flossing daily, the best protection for your perfect smile is to wear your new retainers.

In the first few weeks after your braces are removed, your teeth are adjusting to their new positions and can sometimes shift. Wearing your retainers especially during these critical first four months you can keep that smile perfect. You will typically be wearing your retainers for a life time, but not full time.

Read on to learn more about the important world of retainers

There are many different types of retainers. Dr. Sexton prefers the Vacuum Form Retainers (VFR). It is an invisible retainer that is the most cosmetic removable retainer available. When compared to the typical colored acrylic retainers with wires, the VFR allows you to speak more clearly and is easier to wear. They are fabricated from a high-tech plastic that is nearly invisible on the teeth.

When to Wear

Your VFR’S are to be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except when you are eating or brushing your teeth. If Dr. Sexton gives you a different wearing schedule, please follow that schedule. After the critical first four months Dr. Sexton may put you on a night time wear schedule.

How to Clean

Brush your retainer whenever you brush your teeth. Brush all surfaces with gel toothpaste and your toothbrush and rinse with warm water. Giving it a quick bubble bathe in a RETAINER BRITE cleaner once a week is also a good idea. RETAINER BRITE tablet samples will be given to you when we deliver your retainers. A clean retainer will taste and feel better - which will encourage you to wear it.

Trouble Shooting Tips

Your retainer should feel snug, but not overly tight. If it becomes too loose, call for an appointment to have Dr. Sexton exam you. After the first four months and you move on to P.M. wear, if the retainer feels tight you may need to add on a few more hours in the daytime. Practice reading aloud in your new retainer – this will help you to speak clearly again.

Retainer No No’s

NEVER wrap your retainer in a napkin – this is the most common retainer fatality and frequently results in “Dumpster Diving” at fast food restaurants or in school cafeterias. Never place your retainer in your pocket, purse, backpack, glove box, dash board, lunch tray, pet carrier, etc… DO always keep your retainer in your retainer case or your mouth!

Remove and insert your retainer as instructed by Dr. Sexton – do not use your tongue to remove your retainer. Call for an appointment immediately upon noticing a problem with the fit, or if they become lost. Do not wait until it will not fit at all!

A Last Word

Your retainer was custom made just for your teeth and will be expensive to replace. You probably have other things to spend your money (or allowance) on, so treat your retainer with TLC.

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