Did you know that teeth are just like other body parts? They will change as you age! But you can fight aging effects on your teeth much easier than any other body part. Wearing retainers as prescribed by Dr. Diane is all that is needed.
Why do teeth want to move without routine retainer wear? Because we apply forces to our teeth daily with eating, swallowing, and for some, grinding. Did you know that your jaw forces can be upwards of 400-600 pounds per square inch? Also, our jaw bones are subject to bony changes like other bones in our body.
Think of retainers like eye-glasses for your teeth - but easier! Dr. Diane's retainer protocol is super straightforward. But don't be surprised if you hear her say that retention is the most important phase of treatment. After all, consider all the sacrifices and hard work you just applied to get such a great result. You can keep this for a lifetime.
Your treatment fee includes lifetime retainer checks. We're here to help you keep your results, and to be sure you're doing the right thing. There are many retainer options available. Most patients do well with removable retainers, but some problems are better stabilized with different retainers.
Here are a few tips and instructions regarding removable retainers.
- Take your retainer out when you eat, and always put it back in its case. (Don't be the next victim of "dumpster-diving" for a retainer!)
- Clean your retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Efferdent® can be used but does not take the place of brushing.
- When your retainer is not in your mouth, always put it in a case. Pets love to chew on them!
- Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately.
- Retainers will distort in your pocket, hot water, hot car dashboards, dishwashers/the washing machine.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call us. Small issues are much easier to manage. Do not try to adjust it yourself.
- Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
- Retainer replacements do cost, but with proper care they can last for years!