Retainers & Appliances
Removable Clear Retainers
Removable retainers are the most popular and cleanest if used properly. The patient must use the retainers to keep the teeth straight. Use a tooth brush and mild soap every day to keep clean.
Permanent retainers are a great type of retainers but the patient must have good oral hygiene. Dr. Melendez will advise you as to which type and combination of retainers are best for you.
Our removable appliances are designed to move or protect your teeth, and it is crucial to follow all instructions when wearing one. Your appliance or retainer should be brought with you to all orthodontic appointments.
It is important to wear your appliance even while you are asleep, as constant wear is crucial to treatment. You can remove the appliance while eating or swimming, or playing a sport or activity that may require a mouthguard or cause damage to the appliance itself. While some speech oddities may occur with your retainer, in two to three days your mouth will adjust and should go back to normal. Do not flip your retainer with your tongue, as this can damage or break it.
After an adjustment or when getting a new appliance it is normal to experience soreness. However, if you notice a sore spot on your gums, call our office at 210-774-4144 so we can make an appointment to adjust the fit of your retainer.
You should clean your appliance daily using toothpaste and a toothbrush, however denture cleaner can be used for a deeper cleaning. If you have a wire retainer that is bonded behind your teeth, make sure to clean carefully around the wire, as well as flossing.
Do not wrap your appliance in tissue or napkins and set it down, as it may be thrown away, and it should not be stored in your pocket as it could be easily broken or lost. If you must remove your retainer for any reason, return it to its plastic case.
Dogs and cats are likely to chew on your appliance, so keep it out of reach! Also avoid storing your retainer near heat, and do not boil it to sterilize it. If you are concerned about the cleanliness of your retainer, you can bring it to the office to have it professionally sterilized.
You will be charged for any broken and or replacement appliances as needed.