Retainers & Relapse
Relapse refers to the movement of teeth back to their original positions after your braces have been removed. Ideally, your teeth should remain stable after the retention period; however, there are many factors that are not in our control. When it comes to relapse, few common reasons include periodontal (gum) disease, mouth breathing, and harmful tongue or oral habits. NOT WEARING YOUR RETAINERS PROPERLY CAN ALSO LEAD TO RELAPSE.
When we remove your braces or you complete your Invisalign treatment, you will enter the "Retention" stage. This is the "holding stage" of your treatment and is more important than the "active" or braces stage of your treatment. Retainers are designed to retain or hold your teeth in their corrected position. Our office will schedule appointments one month, six months and one year after the end of your active treatment. This allows us to monitor your retainers and let you know if your teeth are shifting.
How Do I Take Care of My Retainer?
- Wear your retainer's according to the guidelines set by Dr. Nizam for you.
- You should remove your retainers when eating. Please don't wrap your retainers in a paper towel when eating as this will get thrown away (most retainers are lost this way!)
- Clean retainers thoroughly twice a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Using a toothbrush to clean your retainers will remove the plaque, and eliminate odors. Efferdent or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used, but this does not take the place of brushing.
- When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
- Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
- Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster
- Call us, if you have any questions or concerns about your retainers.
- Call us, if your retainers need adjusting. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
- Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
- Retainer replacement is expensive; so take good care of them and they will last for years!
- Keep your retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.