Congratulations, you have completed the first phase of orthodontic treatment! Our goal now is to stabilize the results until we start Phase II by maintaining the position of the front teeth and holding the bite correction that we have achieved. Dr. Shaw will monitor your child’s growth and development at appropriate intervals to determine the best time to start Phase II.
A. Feels comfortable, no poking/rough areas
B. Placement: Ensure the retainers are fully seated
C. Removal: Remove them from the back to the front; start in the back on one side and walk around.
A. Night Time Wear Only
B. 6 Month Retainer & Growth Check Intervals To Eval Readiness of Phase II Treatment if Needed
*** IF THE RETAINERS ARE NOT WORN AS DIRECTED, THE TEETH WILL SHIFT!!!
A. As baby teeth fall-out and adult teeth grow-in the retainers will still fit well, as they are made in such away to allow baby teeth to fall out & the adult teeth to still grow in. However, please discontinue use of the retainers & contact our office if they do not fully seat and/or impede the exfoliating baby teeth and/or prevent eruption of the adult teeth.
B. Retainers are made from plastic so they will wear down over time. The time it takes for the retainers to wear down varies from patient-to-patient and depends upon many factors, including patient-specific habits.
C. Retainers should be placed in your case when they are not in your mouth (pets love to eat them and they can be thrown away easily if they are not in their case).
D. Retainers should not be placed into or around anything that is hot (i.e. in hot water or in direct sunlight), this can cause the retainers to distort and not fit properly
E. Clean your retainers daily with denture cleaner tablets. (Do not clean your retainers with toothpaste or soak in Listerine as this may cause your retainers to become cloudy & can also create scratches on them.)
F. Please contact our office if you have any questions/concerns regarding your retainers and/or if you break or lose your retainers
IN-HOUSE RETAINER PROGRAM (Included In Every Treatment Plan)
a. 3D Scan of Teeth
b. 1 set of retainers (1 upper retainers & 1 lower retainers)
c. 1 set of 3D Printed Models (1 upper model and 1 lower model)
$125 per replacement retainer with 3D printed model provided to us by patient
$250 replacement fee if patient is unable to provide 3D printed model(s). This will include 1 set of retainers & 1 set of 3D printed models. 50% off of the replacement fee if only 1 3D printed model has been lost or destroyed
*** The bonded retainer(s) (if applicable) will be repaired for no charge if/when it breaks the first time. If the bonded retainer(s) breaks after the first repair, Dr. Shaw may assess the pre-determined charge to repair the bonded retainer or decide to have a removable retainer made instead.
*** It will be the patient’s responsibility to replace ill-fitting retainers that were not picked-up at the office as advised (the next day unless stated otherwise)
I acknowledge that the information on this form has been explained to me and I fully understand that I am the only person who can accept responsibility for my retainer wear and maintaining my teeth in their current position.