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It’s Time to Take Your Retainer Seriously Milton, GA
Orthodontic Care Alpharetta GA

If you’ve recently completed your time in braces, congratulations on a job well done. However, your orthodontic treatment is not done yet. There’s nothing worse than sabotaging your hard work and patience by not wearing your retainers, or not wearing them properly, after months or years in braces.

Many patients are so elated to have their brackets and bands off that they overlook the fact that their orthodontic treatment is not truly over. Your smile may look the way you want it to, but the retention phase of your treatment ensures it stays that way. 

Retainers are designed to hold your teeth in their corrected positions until the bones and gums adapt to the change. Your teeth will naturally shift to some degree after your braces are off.  Therefore, to protect your new straight smile, it is imperative that take your retainer seriously.

The golden rule of retention is that you can never wear your retainers too much or too long! Follow these general rules for wearing your removable retainer:

  • Wear your retainer exactly as instructed (which may be 8 consecutive hours or more every day for the first year.
  • Keep your retainers in its case unless it is in your mouth!
  • Attend your retainer appointments at our office so that we can monitor your progress and perhaps lessen the hours per day you need to wear your retainer.
  • Keep your retainers clean – Brush them with toothpaste daily. You may soak them in warm (not hot) water with a denture tablet for optimal freshness.
  • If your dentist performs a filling, bonding or other procedure that may change the shape of your teeth in the slightest way, make sure your retainer still fits properly afterwards.
  • If you lose or break your retainer, don’t wait to get a replacement. Your teeth could shift in the process.
  • Your retainer can be removed when eating as well as during contact sports or swimming.
  • Always tell your orthodontist if your retainer is not fitting well or is painful to wear.

Your retainers are vital to your overall smile straightening results, and they are not cheap. Protect the investment you are making in your smile and stay diligent with the retention phase of your orthodontic treatment. If you have more questions about how to wear or care for your retainer, call Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Our Patients Reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

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