RETAINERS

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Retention is YOUR responsibility.

RETAINERS


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One of the most challenging aspects of orthodontics is to keep the teeth in place once the braces have been removed. We make every effort to place permanent retainers behind your upper and lower front teeth. We request that your wear your removable retainers every night forever. For some this might be three to four times a week and for others it might be once a week to check to see if any tooth movement has occurred.

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Our retainers differ based on a patient’s needs; the most important thing to remember is retention is your responsibility!

General recommendations are as follows:

  • Wear your retainers full-time for three days (except meals) then nights only (8-10 hours) unless or until Dr. Kuhta or Dr. McAnnally instruct otherwise.
  • Make and keep appointments for retention check-ups at the doctor's recommended intervals.
  • Remove your retainers when eating and put them in their case! Caution: Most retainers are lost at mealtimes, often in school lunch rooms or restaurants.
  • Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water.
  • Brushing retainers removes stains and eliminates odors.

  • A Gradual Six-Step Reduction In Retainer Wear Insures Maximum Stability.

    BEFORE beginning our six-step reduction in retainer wear:

  • Your jaw growth must be largely complete, typically age 18
  • Bone has had one year to firm-up around the roots of recently aligned teeth.
  • Periodontal (gum) tissues containing elastic fibers have had 12 to 24 months to reorganize around the roots of recently aligned teeth.
  • Third molars (wisdom teeth) have been evaluated for probable removal, typically age 18

  • Reduce Retainer Wear Gradually And Systematically With Vigilance.

    Mark a calendar and post it in a prominent place to keep track of your retainer wear during the following six-steps:

  • Wear your retainers every other night (8 out of 48 hours) for two months with vigilance. Examine your teeth following cleaning throughout the day. If shifting of the teeth is observed, schedule an appointment for a retention check. If your teeth remain acceptably aligned, proceed with the step below.
  • Wear your retainers every third night (8 out of 72 hours) for two months with vigilance as per above. If your teeth remain acceptably aligned proceed as per below.
  • Wear your retainers every fourth night (8 out of 96 hours) for two months with vigilance as per above. If your teeth remain acceptably aligned proceed as per below.
  • Wear your retainers every fifth night (8 out of 120 hours) for two months with vigilance as per above. If your teeth remain acceptably aligned proceed as per below.
  • Wear your retainers every sixth night (8 out of 144 hours) for two months with vigilance as per above. If your teeth remain acceptably aligned proceed as per below.
  • Wear your retainers once a week (8 out of 168 hour) at your discretion. Continue to check the fit of the retainer.
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    The Orthodontist Office of Dr. Kuhta and Dr. McAnnally provide service for Braces, Retainers, TMJ Disorder, Damon Systems, Invisalign, Surgical Orthodontics, Dentofacial Orthopedics, and Two Phase Treatments. We are located in Bloomfield, MI and service Bloomfield Township, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Beverly Hills, Berkley, and Clawson.