Orthodontists can maneuver your teeth into compliance, and using a retainer is usually an important and, often, final step in that process. In this quiz, you'll test your knowledge of how to care for a retainer. Remember: The better you care for your retainer, the smoother your path to a better smile will be.
True or false: If you get braces, you won't need a retainer.
Why do we need retainers, if braces make corrections in our smiles?
Without retainers, all the work accomplished through use of braces would be undone.
Braces simply prepare the teeth for retainers, which do the real work.
Retainers keep your teeth from getting damaged in the future.
Clear retainers are made of what?
Retainers come in which of the following size options?
adult size or child size
small, medium and large
Each retainer is custom fit to the person who will wear it.
During meals, you should:
eat with your retainer in
remove the retainer and carefully place it in a napkin
remove the retainer and store it in its retainer case
Which of the following should you use to disinfect your retainer?
How often should you disinfect your retainer?
at least once a week, if not daily
after each meal
At first, your new retainer will:
feel kind of uncomfortable and make you salivate like crazy
cause numbness in the tongue
When should you wear your retainer?
at all times
only at night
as directed by your orthodontist
Not wearing your retainer right away after your braces come off:
is frowned upon, but shouldn't make a difference
is a good idea, because it allows your teeth and gums a chance to heal
could allow your teeth to shift back to their prior positions, undoing your orthodontic work