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Every orthodontic patient looks forward to the same day – the day when their brackets and bands come off and a beautiful straight smile is revealed. Now that you understand how much the sacrifice of wearing braces has paid off, there’s something else you should know. Your orthodontic treatment isn’t done. When braces are removed, you enter into the retention phase of your treatment.

The Importance of Retention

The retention phase of orthodontics has a primary goal of retaining your newly aligned teeth. In most cases, retention involves either a fixed or removable retainer. While your retainer is certainly more discreet than braces and may not have to be worn all the time, it is no less important. In fact, neglecting to wear your retainer after braces can be one of your biggest mistakes, as your teeth will tend to slowly migrate back to their original (crooked) position without a little reminder from your retainer. A retainer protects your investment, your hard work and most importantly your straight smile.

Tips for Retainer Care

Just like any orthodontic appliance, your retainer requires proper care and usage. Retainers are an investment that warrant repair or replacement when they get damaged or lost. Before you embark on your final retention phase of orthodontic treatment, know these rules for retainer care:

  • Wear your retainer exactly as your orthodontist instructs.
  • Remove your retainer when eating.
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should be in its case (not a lunchroom napkin).
  • Keep your retainer out of the reach of dogs and other pets (it is an expensive chew toy).
  • Avoid storing your retainer in a heated environment (such as on a heater or in a hot car).
  • Clean your retainer daily (brush with toothpaste and/or soak in effervescent cleanser).
  • Do not use harsh chemicals on your retainer.
  • Bring your retainer with you to your orthodontist appointments.

Retainer Worries

Unfortunately, it is common for young patients to have a retainer that is broken, warped or missing. Don’t put off telling your orthodontist! If you neglect to wear your retainer for a long period of time, you may find that the appliance is quite snug the next time you put it in – or it may not fit at all. Always bring your retainer concerns to your orthodontist. At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we care about straightening your smile as well as keeping your smile straight!

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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