A retainer can ensure the straight smile you’ve worked so hard to get stays straight and healthy for the rest of your life. At Contro Orthodontics in Cupertino, California, Curtis Contro, DDS, MS, provides his patients with high-quality retainers in order to maintain the results of their orthodontic treatments. If you need to get a retainer or replace one, schedule a visit with Contro Orthodontics today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
A retainer is an oral appliance that helps keep your teeth in place after you’ve aligned them with orthodontic treatment. Your retainer preserves your smile and helps maintain the results of your orthodontic treatment.
With a retainer, you can be sure that you won’t lose the hard-earned results of moving your smile into alignment.
Your retainer prescription depends on the type of orthodontic treatment you received and the condition of your smile before your treatment.
For some patients, wearing a retainer is a temporary measure that they only need to do for a few months. Other patients, however, might need to wear their retainer indefinitely if they want to keep their smile straight.
Dr. Contro will initially suggest you wear your retainer every day, day and night, immediately after your orthodontic treatment. You’ll likely have to do this for about three months after you finish your initial orthodontics.
After three months, Dr. Contro inspects your teeth for any signs that they’re falling back out of alignment. If it looks like your smile is staying in place, he’ll recommend you cut down the amount of time you’re wearing your retainer. Some patients can cut back to wearing it only at night, or for just a few hours during the day.
Ultimately, Dr. Contro works with you to determine a retainer schedule that fits the needs of your smile.
Just like anything in your mouth, your retainer needs daily maintenance to perform at its best. You should clean it once a day to keep it free from bacteria and plaque. You can clean your retainer with a simple toothbrush, dental paste, and lukewarm water.
You should always take out your retainer when you go swimming, and don’t leave it out in the open around pets. Even if you’re diligent about keeping your retainer clean, your pets still might think it smells like food and might be tempted to chew on it.
To learn more about how to care for your retainer, or to get a retainer made for yourself, schedule a visit with Contro Orthodontics today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.