Affordable dental retainers near me

First, you wear retainers to maintain your teeth’s new position after orthodontic treatment. Then, as they help stabilize your bite, they prevent teeth from shifting back. Finally, wearing retainers as instructed ensures lasting results and supports overall dental health.

What is a dental retainer?

All patients need to wear dental retainers after treatment. They can either be removable or fixed to the teeth. Your dentist will advise you which retainer you need. Retainers are designed to keep your teeth straight, and it is important that you wear them as instructed.

How might a removable dental retainer affect me?

Your speech may be different at first. Practice speaking with the retainer in place, e.g., read out loud at home on your own. Your speech should return to normal within a few days. Initially, you may produce more saliva and have to swallow more than usual. This is normal and should pass after a few days.

How might a fixed retainer affect me?

You will need to take extra care to keep it clean. Your dentist will advise you.

Why is it important that I wear a retainer?

Dental Retainers are just as important as the braces that straightened your teeth. Now that your teeth are straight, wearing your retainers as advised by your dentist is very important. If you do not, it is likely that your teeth will move. If this happens, it may be difficult to correct and is unlikely to be treated under the Smilepoint Dental Centre.

How long will I have to wear retainers?

To prevent your teeth from moving, wear your retainers part-time for life. Initially, wear them every night for the first 12 months. Then, gradually reduce usage to at least once a week for long-term maintenance.If you stop wearing your retainers, there is a high chance your teeth will move. Your dentist will advise you when to wear your retainer. It is likely that if you stop wearing your retainers, there will be some tooth movement. Changes in the position of your teeth can continue throughout life and are part of the normal ageing process. The only way to have permanently straight teeth is to wear a retainer on
a part-time basis for life.

Can I remove the retainer?

Yes, if the retainer is removable. However, if instructed to wear it full-time, remove it only for eating, cleaning, contact sports, and swimming. Then, keep it in a protective box when not in use. Lastly, avoid clicking the retainer with your tongue to prevent it from breaking or becoming loose.

Should I avoid certain foods/drinks?

Whether you are instructed to eat with your retainer in or out, first ensure you:

  • Avoid sugary snacks/drinks between meals and at bedtime.
  • Avoid sticky, chewy, or hard sweets, mints, and sugared chewing gum.
  • Avoid fizzy drinks (including diet drinks) and large amounts of fruit juice.
  • Hard or chewy foods such as apples, carrots, and crusty bread can damage your retainer. Avoid them or cut them up first!

What about tooth brushing?

Take the removable retainer out to clean your teeth. It is important to brush your teeth well for at least 2 minutes, twice a day. Use fluoride toothpaste. Do NOT use toothpaste to clean your retainers, as it can roughen the retainers and change their colour. You should also gently clean the retainer with a toothbrush and cold water over a sink, taking care not to drop it. To further protect the teeth, use an alcohol-free fluoride mouth rinse daily at a different time from when you brush your teeth. Avoid eating or drinking for 20 minutes after using it.

How often will I now need to be reviewed?

You will not need to be seen as often now that the dental retainers are in place. At Smilepoint, your dentist is responsible for a retention period of 12 months. After this period, you will have to pay for continuing care or re-treatment, as well as for any replacement/repair of retainers. Your dentist may ask you to sign a retention consent form. Please bring your retainers with you to each visit.

Do I need to see my regular dentist?

Yes, it is very important to visit your dentist regularly both during treatment and now that you are wearing retainers. It is important for them to check your teeth for decay.

What do I do if I play contact sports?

You may wish to have a new mouthguard now that you are wearing retainers. You should wear a mouthguard instead of your removable retainer when you play contact sports. This will also be the case if you take part in activities requiring a protective helmet, such as skateboarding or horse riding. Remove your retainer for swimming as well. When not in your mouth, the retainer should be kept in a protective box. Ask your dentist for further advice.

What do I do if my retainer breaks or I lose it?

Contact us via WhatsApp for an appointment as soon as possible. Do not wait for your next review appointment, as your teeth may move while you are not able to wear your retainers. You may be charged a fee for its repair/replacement.

Things to remember

  • Bring your retainers to every visit.
  • Retainer wear is your personal responsibility.
  • Some patients will need to wear retainers long-term, i.e., for life, to keep their teeth straight.
  • Contact your dentist as soon as possible if you damage or lose your retainer.
  • You may have to pay for any retainer repair or replacement.
  • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes at least twice each day.
  • Avoid sugary snacks and drinks between meals and at bedtime.