Following a course of fixed appliance orthodontic treatment it is necessary to retain the teeth in their new position.

This involves the use of removable and/or fixed retainers. It is important to follow the instructions given regarding use and care of retainers. The upper retainer is usually a removable clear retainer. The lower retainer will usually be a fixed retainer.

  • Wear your removable retainer 24 hours a day until instructed to switch to night time wear.
  • Never put a retainer in your pocket, purse or backpack without the case as they can be broken.
  • Take your retainer out to brush your teeth and brush the retainer as well. Always use COLD water. The retainer can distort when exposed to any heat source when not in the mouth.
  • Keep retainers away from ALL pets.
  • Keep an eye on your lower retainer when it is being cleaned. If you think that it has become loose contact us so that we can repair the retainer.
  • You will have to either use the small bristle brushes of possibly dental floss to clean your fixed retainer. This is important for the health of the teeth and gums.
  • There are fees to replace, repair and re bond retainers.

You should not stop retention unless advised to by your Dr Singer.