Remember to call us for an appointment after 3 months so we can check your teeth are still straight. If everything is as it should be, then you’ll be able to leave removable retainers out in the day and wear them only at night.
Keep wearing your retainers as long as you wish to keep your teeth straight. You must push the retainers onto the teeth as firmly as possible.
If they feel tight, then your teeth have moved and you must continue to wear the retainers during the day until they no longer feel tight again. You can then revert to night time wear only.
If tightness reoccurs at any point, then you must start full time wear again.
If you do not follow these instructions and your teeth move, the NHS will not provide the treatment necessary to re-straighten your teeth.
After 12 months of wearing your retainers, please call us to make an appointment so that we can check again that your teeth are still straight, and that your retainers are still fitting correctly. If everything is as it should be, then you will be discharged with no need for further treatment.
Your retainers will need to be replaced at some stage when they become loose or unhygienic, and you will need to pay for the replacements. If you think there is a problem with your retainer, or you lose it, please contact us immediately for an appointment to obtain a replacement.
If you decide to stop wearing your retainers for any reason, remind yourself that your teeth will move. If this happens, the NHS will not provide the treatment necessary to re-straighten your teeth.