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Orthodontic Retainers

 

WHAT ARE RETAINERS ?

  • When fixed braces are removed, the teeth can quickly move back into crooked positions (relapse). The teeth need to be held in their new straight position while the gums and jaw bone “firm up”. This is achieved by using removable retainers at night time for a number of years.

 

  • As both children and adults get older, our jaws continue to grow and our teeth become more crooked as part of the normal ageing process. This still occurs following brace treatment. Therefore long term use of the retainers is recommended.

 

  • After about 12 months use of the retainers, the amount of wear can be reduced slowly over a period of years.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:

1. These are called Essix or Vacuform removable retainers. They will fit your teeth closely and should be worn for 12 out of every 24 hours for the first week then just during sleep every night for at least the first 12 months. You should then be reviewed by the Orthodontist, at this time the wearing of the retainers will normally be reduced. Retainer
2.

Cleaning -  always remove the retainers before brushing your teeth. Clean the retainers with an old toothbrush and mild detergent/liquid soap once per day. Do not use boiling water, toothpaste or bleach. To keep the retainers fresh they can be occasionally soaked in “Retainer Brite” (a dissolving tablet cleaner) available from www.orthoshop.co.uk

3. Ensure the teeth are completely clean before fitting your retainers every night. You can dip the retainers in diluted fluoride mouthwash before bed to help protect the teeth.
4. Be very careful with the retainers, they are fragile and if broken cannot be easily
replaced (keep in a safe place in a rigid box container).
5. At first the retainers may cause more saliva in the mouth, but this will return to normal after a few hours use. As the retainers age some holes may appear on the biting surfaces. These will not affect the retainer holding your teeth. Please keep pets (especially dogs) away from retainers, as they enjoy chewing them!

 

IF RETAINERS ARE SENT IN THE POST TO YOU :

  • If you find the retainers difficult to insert, you can soak them in warm water (not too HOT) which may help if they are hard to push over the teeth.
  • If a retainer rubs on the gum, you can adjust the edges by trimming with nail clippers or small scissors. Sharp or rough edges can be smoothed with a nail file/emery board.
  • If you have trouble wearing a retainer for any reason or it does not fit, contact the surgery as soon as possible.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  THERE IS A SMALL CHARGE FOR REPLACEMENT RETAINERS

 
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Treatment by registered UK
General Dental Council Specialists

 

GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL–
http://www.gdc-uk.net/searchregister/

 

Orthodontic treatment involves
the wearing of fixed braces or
removable braces which are used
to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment

All forms of orthodontics available
including cosmetic tooth-
coloured braces or hidden braces

 

Payments can be evenly spread
over the treatment duration with
no credit charges

 

NHS OR PRIVATE TREATMENT
The majority of orthodontics for
children is provided under the NHS. However, all Adult Treatment is only available on a private basis.


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