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Retention FAQs

How can I take care of my retainer?



Hawley retainer: Brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste each time they are removed to brush your teeth.  Polident or a mix of ½ water and ½ vinegar can be used to soak the retainers for an extra clean no more than once a week.


cid:image010.jpg@01D09923.15AFC410Clear retainers: Wash with soapy water when they removed to brush your teeth.  Do not use a toothbrush, toothpaste, vinegar or polident with these retainers as they will give them a cloudy appearance.


cid:image011.jpg@01D09923.15AFC410Permanent retainers: Brush well around your permanent retainer to avoid any plaque or tarter build up.  Floss your permanent retainer with super floss or a floss threader by threading the floss through the contacts of the teeth or threading it under the wire.  Be sure to use a gentle force to avoid damaging this retainer.



What if I loose or break my retainer?

  • If your retainers are lost or broken, an appointment is needed to take new molds of the teeth followed by a second appointment to deliver the new or repaired retainer.

  • The charge for the new or repaired retainer will vary depending on what needs to be done.  You will be responsible for the Lab charge when coming to the first appointment to have your molds taken.  This fee is billed directly from our lab; Dr. Nickolaychuk and Dr. Kotyk do not charge for this appointment during the six month retention phase.

How long do I wear my retainers for?

  • The first 6 months should be full time wear to allow the bone to stabilize around the roots of the teeth.  The following 6 months should be night time wear every night followed by night time wear every second night indefinitely to ensure the stability of your teeth for a life time!

Will my teeth be sore?

  • Soreness (if present) will only last a few days.  If you have a localized sore spot after three or four days, call us for an appointment.

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