Retainers and Appliances
Removable appliances, such as retainers, are carefully designed to move or to hold your teeth. It is important that they are worn according to instructions and brought to each appointment.
Wear your appliance at all times, even while you are asleep. They may be removed while eating, swimming, or playing vigorous sports activities. In two or three days your speech will return to normal with the appliance in place. Avoid flipping your appliance with your tongue. This can cause damage to your teeth or breakage of your appliance.
Your new appliance may make your teeth sore for a day or two, especially after an adjustment. If you continue to have a sore spot on your gums after several days, do not hesitate to call our office at Rossana Hoyos Orthodontics Phone Number 954-450-0303 so that we can make adjustments.
Clean your appliance by brushing it daily with toothpaste. Denture cleaner can also be used for a more thorough cleaning. If you are wearing a bonded wire retainer behind your front teeth, be extra careful to clean the wire and the area around it. Flossing should be done every day.
Never wrap your appliance in a paper napkin or tissue and set it down on the table. You or someone else may accidentally throw it away. Don’t put it in your pocket when playing or you may break or lose it. Whenever it is not in your mouth it should be in its plastic case.
Keep your appliances away from dogs or cats as they love to chew on them. Avoid storing them near any source of heat. Do not boil your appliance to sterilize it! If needed, bring it to the office and we will be happy to disinfect it for you.
An additional charge will be incurred for lost or broken appliances.