Oh happy day! Your braces just came off and you can’t wait to take a bite of an apple again. You were so excited and busy taking selfies that you forgot everything we told you about your retainers. No worries, here are the highlights:
If your orthodontist glued a wire behind your teeth this is called a fixed or bonded retainer. These are sometimes incorrectly referred to as a permanent retainers. Unfortunately, with teeth nothing is permanent and they may need to be serviced in the future if they become dislodged or broken. If this happens see your orthodontist as soon as possible because teeth may still shift quickly even if it’s been years since your braces were finished.
If you need to sterilize your retainer you can soak the retainer in a solution of 1 part household bleach to 10 parts water for 15 minutes. Make sure to rinse the retainer well before you put it back into your mouth.
Remember your retainers won’t last a lifetime and typically need to be replaced every couple years. If they tear, crack, break or begin to get holes in them come back an have them remade. If you were given a model of your teeth, make sure to bring this to save on the cost of a new retainer.