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Retainers Cairns & North Queensland

Following treatment you will be given retainers to help keep your teeth in their new position. This is a vital part of your treatment. If you do not wear your retainers as instructed, all the time and effort gone in to straightening your teeth may be wasted as your teeth can move back to their original positions. The type of retainer we use will be decided on a case to case basis as the stability of your teeth varies with each individual patient.

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Retention is for life.

Retention is the holding of the teeth in their new position after orthodontics so that they do not drift back to where they have been moved from. Wearing a retainer allows the bone supporting the teeth to fully form around the teeth in their new positions and allows the teeth to settle down into their new bite. We will supervise the wearing of retainers for the first two years to establish a maintenance routine for wearing them which will continue to hold the teeth in position. After this you will be able to continue the routine wear of your retainers as you will have an established pattern to follow.

There will be a charge for replacing retainers which have been broken, lost or worn out. There will also be a retreatment charge if you let your teeth move (relapse) and want them re-straightened. Relapse occurs when the teeth start to move back to their original positions if you don’t wear your retainer enough. The only safe way to guard against potential relapse is to regularly wear your retainers as needed.

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Removable retainers

Removable retainers are custom devices made to be worn at night (and through the day in the first few months of usage). The length of time and frequency of use for removable retainers are different from case to case.

Because these retainers are removable, they make it easy to maintain proper oral hygiene. You should make sure to brush your retainer whenever you brush your teeth. When your braces are removed, the care and usage of your new retainer will be explained to you.

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Get started on your dream smile

Before you start looking at retainers, make sure you meet with our Specialist Orthodontist to receive a tailored treatment plan that will help get you the smile of your dreams.

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