At Backus Orthodontics, we are committed to providing high quality Orthodontic Treatment to patients of all ages in Hoover and surrounding areas of Birmingham Alabama. Our treatment fees for Braces include two years of retention checks.
Your Final Orthodontic result will depend heavily on your retainer wear; please follow through on advised treatment plan to ensure you achieve full treatment results and to avoid regression of treatment.
There are different types of Retainers. Dr. Backus will help choose the best option to fit your needs and lifestyle.
Upper Bonded Retainer
Upper bonded retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of the upper front teeth to prevent your teeth from shifting. These retainers are attached permanently. You should use caution when chewing hard, sticky or crunchy foods as these could dislodge the retainer. It is important to brush and floss the retainer daily. You should perform daily checks to make sure the retainer is securely attached. If your retainer feels loose or becomes dislodged, call the office immediately for repair.
Maxillary hawley retainers are removable upper retainers. It is important to be careful when handling these as they are fragile and costly to replace. You will be given a special case when you receive your appliance; please use this case for safe keeping when not in use. However, your retainer should be worn at all times with the exception of brushing, participating in sports that require a mouthguard or while swimming. After Several months of full-time wear, use will be evaluated at your retention visit. Your treatment may be revised to allow for night time use only. Please wear your retainer as prescribed to achieve full treatment results.
Cleaning of this appliance is as simple as brushing with toothpaste using warm water.
Lower Bonded Retainer
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower front 6 teeth to prevent your teeth from shifting. Patients with lower bonded retainers should use caution with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and will cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to maintain cleanliness. When brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. You should perform daily checks to make sure the retainer is securely attached. If your retainer feels loose or becomes dislodged, call the office immediately for repair.
Once the active orthodontic appliances are removed, the patient will receive retainers to stabilize the orthodontic correction. Because the bone and soft tissues surrounding the teeth are stabilizing for several months after braces are removed, it is imperative that the retainers are worn as instructed. Failure to wear the retainers may result in undesirable movement of the teeth, which could necessitate re-treatment.
Because teeth can continue to move throughout life, we feel that individuals who have undergone orthodontic therapy should wear retainers indefinitely. A patient should wear retainers as prescribed by our practice.
Retainers are made of a thermoplastic material that is sensitive to excessive heat, so they should be kept away from heaters, dishwashers, car dashboards or any place where the temperatures exceed 115 degrees(F). The retainers should be cleaned before and after placement in the mouth. Because the material used for fabrication is slightly porous, plaque tends to cling to the surfaces. Gentle scrubbing with a toothbrush and a mild liquid soap will remove the plaque. A denture cleaning solution, such as Efferdent, will aid in the removal of plaque and tartar. Be sure to rinse the retainers thoroughly after cleaning to remove any residue from the cleaning solution.
Our goal is to help your smile stay beautiful and healthy for a lifetime. Your cooperation is essential in order to achieve this goal.