Retainers are essential for keeping your teeth in their proper places following a course of orthodontic treatment. There is no set time for wearing a retainer, and you should wear yours for as long as our orthodontists, Dr. John Lawson or Dr. Wayne Sletten direct.
An Essix retainer is removable so that you take it out for meals or sports and to clean it. Although it is designed to cover an entire arch of teeth, it is made of transparent plastic making it less noticeable to other people. The retainer will be designed to fit your smile perfectly. You should rinse your retainer in cold water when you put it in or take it out. Clean it gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush before each day using cool water. We will also give a solution that you should use to clean your retainer. When you are not wearing your retainer, it should be kept in the case you will receive from Orthodontic Health Center. It is a good idea to keep your container in your backpack, purse, briefcase or pocket since retainers are expensive to replace!
With the proper care, your retainer should last for as long as you need it. If you have questions about Essix retainers in Rochester, Minnesota, or are due for your next appointment, call our office today at 507-282-6447 and one of our team members will be happy to help!