Once your braces are removed a few things need to be done to prevent your teeth undergoing unwanted natural movements.


 There are lots of different types of removable retainers. The most commonly used one is the vacuum formed retainer.

These are clear plastic moulds of the finished tooth position. At the end of treatment every patient will receive a set of removable retainers. These MUST be worn every night for the foreseeable future if you do not wish your teeth to move.

The retainer should be washed using a toothbrush, toothpaste and cold water. Retainer Brite tablets are also available for chemical cleaning. NEVER wash your retainer in hot water as this will distort it.

After your retainers have been fitted we will see you again a few months later to ensure your teeth are settling and that your retainers are OK. You will need to bring your retainers to these appointments.

LOOK AFTER THEM….additional retainers are chargeable if you lose or break them. Over the years retainers will have to be replaced as they do wear out. There is a charge to replace retainers.

TOP TIP: keep them away from dogs, dogs really love to chew your retainers!



Sometimes permanent or fixed retainers are glued onto the back of the teeth as well.

These give added support to certain situations where we feel more help is required to keep your teeth straight.

IMPORTANT- permanent is a bad name for them. Nothing is permanent. These are not replacements for your removeable retainers. They are the support act. They only are glued to a few teeth and they can break. You still need to wear your removeable retainer over the top of them and you must ensure you keep them clean and be careful what you eat.

It’s important to ask your dentist to check them when you go for your routine check up appointments.

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