You should wear your retainers as directed by your dentist, around 16 hours per day. After the braces are removed, most patients will wear the retainers for three months and then at night as directed.
What to expect :
Initially, your retainers may feel bulky and affect your speech somewhat. In a few days, once the tongue adapts, your speech will return to normal. The day after you receive your retainers, your teeth may feel a bit sore, this will resolve quickly with continuous wear.
Cleaning retainers :
Your retainers should be cleaned after each meal and before going to bed. Keep retainers clean by using your toothbrush and toothpaste. Never use hot water on the retainers as this may distort the shape of the retainer.
If you do not wear your retainers as instructed, your teeth will move. If you miss a night, wear your retainer full time. Make sure your retainer is completely in, this may cause your teeth to be sore, but they should realign. If they don't, or if your retainer is lost or broken, please call us immediately.
Always bring your retainers to your appointments so that we can check the fit and make any necessary adjustments.
Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far!