♦ Your teeth are guaranteed to shift over time if your retainers are not worn as prescribed.
♦ Retainers should be worn for your lifetime; if they are, you can keep your teeth straight and beautiful!
♦ Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
♦ Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing aloud to get used to them faster.
♦ Take your retainers out when eating... and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or at restaurants when they are left on a tray, wrapped in a napkin, and thrown away.)
♦ Remove retainers when swimming.
♦ Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and pets (they love to chew on retainers!)
♦ Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors. Efferdent or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but these do not take the place of brushing.
♦ Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately to prevent shifting of your teeth.
♦ If you notice that your permanent retainer has become loose from one of your teeth, call us so that it can be repaired. If it is left loose, your teeth can shift.
♦ If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, do not try to adjust them yourself- call us!
♦ Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
Mini orthoscrews (aka mini implants)make treatment faster, more efficient and precise. It's made from medical grade titanium and is design to be comfortable and hygienic. It can be easily placed by Dr. Tran in 5-10 minutes without any needles or knife. There is virtually no bleeding involved. Orthoscrews saves patients time and money. It can help correct many malocclusions without invasive surgery. For example :
• Canted Smiles
• Severe Overbites
• Severe Overjets
• Anterior Cross Bites
• Open Bites
• Reduce the need for extractions