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Retainers Albany, CA

Why You Need Retainers in Albany

You’ve been waiting for that day when your orthodontist finally takes off your braces; still, there’s a little more you need to do before you can cross the finish line.

We carefully explain to our patients what happens near the end of your orthodontic treatment. Both the dental health specialist and patient work hard to achieve the desired results using traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, or clear aligners.

But near the end, your Albany orthodontist will remind you that you must wear a retainer for some time. Otherwise, all that hard work will go to waste! Failing to wear your retainer as instructed will lead to relapse. Your teeth and jaws will slide back to their previous malaligned position, and all that time and effort will be lost.

Proper Care for Your Retainers in Richmond

You can expect your retainers to last anywhere between 1 and 5 years. Their durability will depend on how much you clench or grind your teeth at night and if you take good care of them.

If you lost or had an accident that rendered your retainers useless, get in touch with us to find a new set of retainers to continue fixing your teeth and jaws to their new position.

Clean Those Retainers!

  • Brush your retainer with a toothbrush and mild hand soap.
  • Don’t use toothpaste. It is abrasive and could scratch the plastic, leading to bacteria buildup.
  • Do not let saliva dry on your retainer. This will make your retainer smell and taste bad – gross!
  • Soak your retainer in a denture cleaner if you want to.
  • Never use hot water on your retainer. 

Consistency is the key to maintaining the smile you’ve worked so hard for throughout your orthodontic treatment. That means cleaning and wearing your retainer exactly as recommended. 

Keep Them Safe!

Most of the time, patients need to get in touch with their orthodontist to get a new set of retainers instead of just going to the office for a revision.

Be careful not to lose or ruin these appliances.

  • Put them inside their case whenever you are not wearing them
  • If you take them off for a meal, avoid placing them over a napkin or towel. Most people accidentally throw them away
  • Keep them outside the reach of any pets in your house. Dogs will chew through the case and the retainer.
  • Avoid swimming with them.

Your clear retainers also act as a nightguard to protect your teeth. Remember, it is much easier and less expensive to replace a retainer than replace worn-down or broken teeth.

Get Your Retainers in El Cerrito

Patients coming from our neighboring cities like El Cerrito, Richmond, and Berkeley can come and get their retainers in Albany with our team here in Estes Orthodontics. 

At your new retainer appointment, we’ll need to take new molds of your teeth so that we can ensure a proper fit for your retainer. Don’t worry; the process is not as annoying as it used to be.

Vivera Retainers

Vivera retainers are custom-made using the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign clear aligners. We take a digital impression of your teeth instead of a traditional cast model.

Vivera retainers come in sets of 4, so the upfront cost is a little higher, but the value is tremendous. They are more durable than other clear retainers and very comfortable. Dr. Estes and her family use these retainers.

 

Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. If needed, early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.