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Retainers

Retainers are a necessary part of your orthodontic treatment.

Examples of different types of orthodontic retainers

Examples of different types of orthodontic retainers

What is a retainer?

There are three different types of retainers, removable or fixed:

  1. Very thin mouthguard type appliance called a suckdown retainer.
  2. Clear, or coloured, acrylic and wire retainers.
  3. Fixed wire glued to the back of the teeth.

The type Dr Lipshatz recommends will depend on what will work best for you.

What does a retainer do?

They hold your teeth in their straightened position.

How long do I need to wear my retainer?

Retainers are generally worn for a year full time after treatment and then for the following 2-3 years at night. Continue review appointments with us as per our recommendations, and when Dr Lipshatz advises, retainer wear can be ceased.

What to expect when wearing a retainer

The teeth may feel tender and the retainer may interfere with speech. This should settle after one week.

Eating with a retainer

  1. You can eat snacks with your retainer in, but nothing hard, chewy or sticky.
  2. Take out your retainer for main meals and place in retainer case.

How to clean a retainer

Brush your retainer gently with toothbrush and soap whilst supporting it in the palm of your hand. DO NOT put it in hot or boiling water.

IMPORTANT: You will need to see Dr Lipshatz periodically during the retention stage. He will advise you when to schedule the next appointment at the end of every visit.

What happens if my retainer is broken or lost?

Your teeth will move after 24 hours therefore it is important to contact us immediately. Please note, there will be a cost for replacement retainers.