Congratulations! your active orthodontic tratment is now over and  you have reached the retention stage. We have worked hard and you have invested substantially toward this attractive smile. however, as we pointed out at the beginning of the treatment, teeth may change their position after treatment, rebouncing towards their original position. this relapse can be prevented by wearing your retained according to the following instructions.

  • Wear the removable appliances 20-22 hours a day for the first month, then every night afterwards
  • If the removable appliance should break or become lost, please let us know as soon as possible, so that we can schedule an appointment for you to have a new appliance made.
  • Brush your retainer with water and toothbrush, and soak it in hydrogen peroxide during daytime after the first month.
  • In the case of bonded permanent lingual retainers, please spend extra time brushing and flossing the involved teeth to make sure they are clean all the time. A permanent lingual retainer, as suggested by its name, is intended for lifetime wearing. call us immediately if any debonding or roughness occurs.
  • The warranty period for both the removable and permanent lingual retainers is 12 months from the date of the insertion.

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NUMBNESS: the local anaesthetic, which is administered for dental extractions, renders the lip and cheek numb for about two to three hours. It is essential you do NOT bit or chew the cheek or lip during this time to avoid trauma to soft tissue.

BLEEDING: a small amount of blood moxed with saliva is normal for the first day. bleeding can be avoided by: (a) rinsing, ONLY IF NECESSARY, VERY GENTLY for 48 hours following the extraction;

(b) Avoiding smoking and alcohol in any form for 7 days; and, (c) Not spitting or taking fluids through a straw. if your mouth continues o bleed you should call our office at 416-967-0100.

SWELLING: This may occur after the removal of a tooth and is quite common if the operation has been difficult. the swelling is at its maximum at about two days and then slowly goes down. if you have access to ice, then the swelling may be reduced by placing ice in a plastic bag on the face and applying it for 20 minutes at a time. Repeat if necessary.

DIET: Because your moth will be sore after the surgery, eating may be difficult. Generally, you may eat what you can eat comfortably. Avoid foods such as chips, popcorn, since small pieces could potentially get lodged in the extraction site.

ACTIVITY: Intense physical activity may cause you pain and/or the socket to bleed. Normal activity can usually be resumed 48 hours later.

ORAL HYGIENE:after surgery, it is important to keep your teeth as clean as possible. Initially, this may be more difficult, as you may not be able to use your toothbrush in the area where your tooth was removed. You should use a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean the teeth which are not near the operation site. Remember. if you need to rinse, do so VERY GENTLY.