Now that you are about to have your braces taken off, you need to get ready for the next phase of your treatment, which is wearing a retainer. The job of your braces was to move your teeth and the ligaments of your jaw into new alignments. The job of the retainer is to make certain that they stay in their new positions until they are settled. Because of that, you will need to wear your retainer for the length of time prescribed by Dr. [doctor_name]. Without your retainer, your teeth will move out of position and undo the work done by your braces.

If you damage or break your retainer, you need to contact [practice_name] at [phone] as soon as possible to have it repaired or replaced. If you wear a fixed retainer, you may not realize that it is broken until your teeth start to shift. If you suspect there is a problem you should have someone take a look at your retainer to see if there is any visible damage. If you wear removable retainer, you should inspect it for damage when you take it out for cleaning.

If your retainer is broken, you can wear a nightguard while you sleep to keep your teeth from moving. You should also avoid hard or sticky foods that could cause your teeth to shift.

If you live in Astoria, Queens, Long Island City, Woodside, Elmhurst, Corona, Jackson Heights, or the Middle Village, and you are experiencing problems with your retainer, or you are considering having an orthodontic procedure, contact our office today. We’re looking forward to meeting you and helping you have a straighter, stronger smile!

Ora Rosenfeld Canter, D.D.S