Retainers and Removable Appliances
Retainers and removable appliances are carefully designed to move or to hold your teeth. There are two general types of retainers: fixed/bonded or removable. It is important that all removable appliances be worn according to instructions and brought to each appointment.
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If you are instructed to wear a removable appliance, wear your appliance at all times, even while you are asleep. It may be removed while eating, swimming, or playing vigorous sports activities. In two or three days your speech will return to normal with the appliance in place. Avoid flipping your appliance with your tongue. This can cause damage to your teeth or breakage of your appliance.
Your new removable appliance may make your teeth sore for a day or two, especially after an adjustment. If you have a sore spot on your gums call our office at 603-924-3040 so that we can adjust the appliance.
Clean your appliance by brushing it daily with toothpaste. Denture cleaner can also be used for a more thorough cleaning. If you are wearing a bonded wire retainer behind your front teeth, be extra careful to clean the wire and the area around it. Flossing should be done every day.
Never wrap your removable appliance in a paper napkin or tissue and set it down on the table. You or someone else may throw it away. Don’t put it in your pocket when playing or you may break or lose it. Whenever it is not in your mouth it should be in its plastic appliance case.
Keep your removable appliance away from dogs or cats as they love to chew on them. Avoid storing them near any source of heat. Do not boil your retainer to sterilize it! If needed, bring it to the office and we will be happy to disinfect it for you.
An additional charge will be incurred for lost or broken appliances due to the laboratory cost of fabrication.