Your patient comes in today to have their braces removed. They’re ecstatic because they’ve been waiting for this for so long. But then you’d have to tell them things about keeping their newly aligned teeth intact, at least for the next 6 months or more. You then take another mold of their teeth. They leave your clinic, and before you know it, they’re back in your chair fitting their brand new “mouthpiece.”
To them, it’s a thin strip of metal across their teeth, held by a material that resembles the flesh of their mouth. It’s nothing compared to the braces, but it still feels foreign and awkward. Now you’d have to give them an overview on ortho retainers:
Wearing retainers shouldn’t make your patients feel uncomfortable. If anything, they should even feel more at ease because there’s less metal in their mouth and that their teeth are now straight. However, there’s still that unpleasant feeling they know shouldn’t be there. Well, don’t fret. Here’s a list of things you can suggest to make their retainers feel more natural.
Brush it regularly.
Treat it as if it were an extension of your teeth. Brush it with toothpaste and cool water. After that, rinse it with mouthwash. If done twice daily, this will help prevent dirt buildup and keep your mouth fresh all the time.
Use your protective case.
When you’re not using it, always keep it in its case and away from any form of heat. Heat will deform it and it could be painful if it gets bent out of shape.
Stay in touch with your orthodontist.
If you’re feeling any sort of discomfort, you can drop by at the time they’re available and you can ask what the problem is.
Also, let your patients know that there different types of retainers, and different ways to clean each one. They’ll surely appreciate that they’re almost at the end of their treatment, so don’t jeopardize the results of their braces. Provide what they need afterwards.