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Orthodontic Retention

Retention: Preserving Your Beautiful Smile in Ottawa

At Allen Orthodontics, we understand the significance of retention in preserving the results of your orthodontic treatment. As you near the end of your treatment journey, we provide comprehensive retention plans to ensure that your beautiful smile lasts a lifetime. Our commitment to your long-term oral health extends beyond the active phase of treatment, and we prioritize the stability and alignment of your teeth through effective retention strategies.

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The Role of Retainers in Maintaining Alignment

After completing your braces or aligner treatment, you will be fitted with retainers. Retainers play a crucial role in maintaining the position of your teeth and preventing them from shifting back to their original misaligned state. By wearing retainers as instructed, you can enjoy the lasting benefits of your orthodontic journey and protect the investment you made in your smile.

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Consistent Retainer Wear for Optimal Results

To ensure the effectiveness of your retention plan, it’s essential to wear your retainers consistently as prescribed by your orthodontist. Typically, this means wearing them every night while you sleep. Over time, the frequency of wear may be reduced based on your orthodontist’s recommendations. Adhering to the recommended retainer wear schedule is crucial for maintaining the alignment of your teeth and achieving optimal results.

Proper Care and Maintenance of Retainers

Proper care and maintenance of your retainers are key to their longevity and effectiveness. Follow these guidelines to ensure your retainers stay clean, comfortable, and functional:

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Store Them Safely

Always keep your retainers in the provided case when they are not in your mouth. This helps protect them from damage, loss, or exposure to bacteria.

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Regular Cleaning

Clean your retainers daily using a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Gently brush all surfaces to remove plaque and bacteria. Rinse them thoroughly with warm water, taking care to avoid using hot water that may distort the shape of the retainers.

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Deep Cleaning

Once a month, you can give your retainers a more thorough cleaning. Create a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water and soak your retainers in it for about 15-30 minutes. Rinse them thoroughly afterward to remove any residual vinegar taste.

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Handle With Care

When inserting or removing your retainers, use both hands and avoid excessive force or bending. Improper handling can lead to damage or distortion of the retainers.

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Replace Lost or Damaged Retainers Promptly

In the event that you lose or damage your retainers, it is crucial to contact our office as soon as possible. Delaying the replacement of a lost or damaged retainer can lead to unwanted tooth movement and jeopardize the results of your orthodontic treatment. Our experienced team will promptly provide you with a replacement retainer to ensure the ongoing stability of your smile.

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