Caring for your smile does not stop once the braces come off. In fact, the real important steps are just beginning. Retention is a key component of oral care. Allen Orthodontics in Nepean understands that many people do not realize the true importance of wearing your retainer; so make sure to read on for some important information.
Always follow Dr. Allen's instructions. Retainers generally should be worn over night every night. However in some cases they may need to be worn more. Follow exactly what Allen Orthodontics recommends, as these instructions are specifically designed to keep your teeth looking their best.
If you notice your teeth beginning to move, contact us immediately. Losing all the progress you made is never fun, and if you let it get too out of hand you may have to go through treatment all over again. This can be costly, time consuming, and of course inconvenient. By calling us when the problem first begins, we can help you set up an appointment with Allen Orthodontics in Nepean. When you come in, we will assess the situation, and recommend a plan of action that will likely include increased wear time of your retainer.
While usually no more than just a bit uncomfortable, a little bit of pain is to be expected when wearing a retainer in Nepean. This occurs because your mouth is adjusting to changes in the pressure and alignment of the teeth. Do not worry if you feel a little bit of discomfort at first, or after having missed a few days of wear. However, if the pain is severe, call Dr. Allen.
Lastly, ensure that you are keeping track of your retainer and caring for it properly. Because of its removable nature, it may be easy to misplace your appliance. When removing your retainer, always put it in a safe place such as your plastic case. Avoid putting the appliance on a napkin, as this can cause you to accidently throw it away. Also, do not forget to be hygienic. Brush your retainer to keep it as clean as possible so that your teeth will be as beautiful as possible.