Retainer Instructions

Superior-Strength Clear Retainers for Post-Orthodontic Treatment

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Congratulations on finishing your Invisalign treatment and achieving the smile you have always wanted. You are now ready to begin the retention phase to maintain your beautiful new smile.

The retention phase of orthodontic treatment signifies the end of active orthodontic treatment and indicates that you and your doctor are satisfied with the current final position of the teeth.

It is absolutely critical that you comply with your doctor’s retention instructions if you wish to protect your hard work and investment made during active treatment. This is the most critical part of your treatment and is essential to maintaining your results.  You MUST wear retainers provided by your doctor for life. This is the most critical part of your treatment and is essential to maintaining your results.

SIGNIFICANCE OF SMILE RETENTION

The retention phase of treatment comes after tooth movements using the aligners have been completed. Due to the tendency of teeth to shift in the human dentition, you can expect that your teeth will naturally begin to shift back to their original position once your prescribed course of clear aligner treatment is complete UNLESS you wear your retainers as directed.

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You MUST wear retainers provided by your doctor for life. This is the most critical part of your treatment and is essential to maintaining your results.

The single set of retainers included with your initial investment will last most likely 6 to 18 months. They should be replaced due to wear or issues with firmness or cleanliness. There is a fee when you order new retainers. People who clench and grind will need to replace their retainers more frequently than patients who do not clench and grind.

RETAINER WEAR AND CARE

For the first 3 months, wear your retainer 24 hours a day. After that, wear it at night only.

  • If you notice any shifting of your teeth when you move to night-only wear, wear your retainer for 24 hours a day for an additional month. If after that additional month your teeth are still shifting when you move to night-only wear, please contact us immediately.
  • Retainers should be cleaned with a toothbrush and water every time you brush your teeth. Toothpaste can dull the finish of your retainers. If calcium is depositing on your retainers, soak them for 15 to 30 minutes using a cleaning tablet or in a solution of white vinegar.
  • Insert your retainers with Munchies Maintain. You can also use Munchies Maintain as directed for teeth you are concerned are shifting.

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