It’s a great feeling when your local Barrington orthodontist, Dr. Jordan P. Jaffe, tells you it is time for your braces to come off! Patients finally get to see the smile they have been working so hard to achieve. However, the treatment is not quite over until after the retention phase. Retention is the process of maintaining the alignment of your teeth once the braces are removed. This is usually done with a retainer, which is worn until the teeth are no longer prone to moving back to their previous positions.

Understanding The Timeline

Retention usually lasts for six months following the removal of braces. This is the period when the teeth are most likely to move back to their original locations. Although six months is the formal timeline, Dr. Jaffe highly recommends continuing to wear a retainer beyond those six months. Wearing it longer tends to achieve better and more permanent results. It is also much more affordable than having to go through treatment a second time.

Caring For Retainers

Retainers are resilient, but they are not indestructible. They will last longer if the proper steps are taken to care for them. To keep your retainer in good shape, follow these guidelines:

  • Place the retainer in its case when not in use. Keep the case out of reach of children and pets.
  • Clean your retainer daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Avoid using hot water to clean your retainer. Extreme heat can warp the shape, so keep it out of dishwashers and boiling water.

Contact Us Today!

One of the most important aspects of retention is attending your appointments with Dr. Jaffe. Our team will help ensure you maintain your hard-earned smile. If you have any questions or concerns about the retention process or your retainer, please contact our office by calling 401-245-2626 right away. Don’t forget to schedule your next appointment, too. We look forward to hearing from you soon!