MYTH: Patients LOVE their retainers
FACT: Patients are happier with straight teeth
We are passionate about excellent results!
Retainers are planned for our patients to reduce the the chance of relapse after orthodontic treatment. Alpine & Rafetto Orthodontics (ARO) – formerly OSL- provide retainers based on the doctors’ recommendations, and original diagnosis of the case. Our patients like their teeth to stay as straight as possible. Stability post-treatment is based on 4 factors: periodontal, occlusal, soft-tissue, and growth.*
Fixed retainers: Maintain your result better, and are difficult to lose.
We review instructions on wear and care the day the retainers are placed. Our ARO-OSL doctors lecture to local hygienists so they know how to help you keep your retainers intact as long as possible.
Removable retainers: Are made to fit well and we instruct on proper wear and care. This retainer can be lost at school, at a friend’s house, a restaurant… We go over ways to avoid this!
One study showed 86% of patients will experience various amounts of relapse if they do not wear retainers.
So LOVE your retainer, wear and care for it, and enjoy your orthodontic results!
*Evidence-Based Orthodontics,” Huang, Richmond, Vig, Wiley-Blackwell 2011
** Relapse and the Need for Permanent Fixed Retention,” Durbin,D. JCO Volume XXXV No.12 2001