The teeth in your mouth are anchored into the sockets by a series of periodontal ligaments. Through the course of your regular adjustment sessions with Dr. Derick Phan these ligaments have been stretched by your braces to bring your teeth into their ideal alignment. Even after your braces have been removed, there will still be some lingering tension in these periodontal ligaments. This is why it is standard practice for Dr. Derick Phan to fit you for a retainer.
If you only needed to wear braces for a short amount of time to make some minor corrections in the alignment of your teeth, Dr. Derick Phan might prescribe a clear plastic retainer for you. The clear plastic material makes it hard for the casual observer to even notice you’re wearing it.
You can drink normally, while you are wearing the clear plastic retainer. You should remove it before eating and you should never use tobacco products while the clear plastic retainer is in your mouth.
Wearing your clear plastic retainer during the prescribed times and taking good care of it will keep the amount of time you need to use it to a bare minimum. Improper use or damage to the retainer will most likely increase the total amount of time you need to use it.
You should rinse it to remove residual food particles and plaque, every time you take the retainer out. You should also refresh your clear plastic retainer each night, by soaking it in a mixture of half cold water and half antiseptic mouthwash. You can lightly brush the interior with a soft toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to remove any stuck on plaque.
If you have any questions about how to properly take care of your clear plastic retainer, please call Dr. Derick Phan at 408.251.7901 to schedule an appointment.