Retainer Brisbane QLD

After your braces are removed you will be required to wear a retainer. Sometimes patients can be fitted with fixed retainers which are attached to the back of teeth permanently. Alternatively, removable retainers are prescribed for patients. Removable retainers can be removed for cleaning which means there are no hard to reach places and teeth can remain as clean as possible.

Securing Placement

If you were to have nothing after brace removal, your teeth would move back to their original positions. There are a variety of different types of retainers. Your Orthodontist will prescribe the best type of retainer for your teeth. Please bring your retainers to every appointment. Long-term retainer wear is the only way to ensure that your teeth remain in position.

Instructions for wearing retainers

For the first three months, wear your retainers full time except for eating, drinking, sport and swimming.

After the first three months, of if a fixed retainer has been bonded, wear your retainers at night, after dinner and sleeping. It is essential to wear your retainers for at least 10 hours out of every 24 hour day.

When wearing your retainer at night, please clean your retainer and leave in fresh water during the day.

It is important that you remove and insert your retainers as shown and also do not flick your retainers with your tongue, as this will make them loose.

Cleaning retainers

Always make sure your teeth and retainers are clean before placing in them in your mouth. You can clean your retainers with a toothbrush but do not use toothpaste. For an extra clean, retainers can be placed in a glass of water with a Polident tablet. Leave for approximately 15-20 minutes. This can be carried out once or twice a week. This does not replace regular cleaning with your toothbrush. Do not rinse or soak retainers in hot water.

Follow these easy steps to keep both the retainer and teeth as clean and healthy as possible.

Step 1:


Rinse the retainer with warm (not hot) water.


Step 2:

Place the retainer in the cup.


Step 3:

Pour vinegar into the cup until the retainer is fully submerged.

Step 4:

Let it sit for 2 to 5 minutes.


Step 5:

Take the retainer out and scrub it gently with the toothbrush.


Step 6:

Rinse the retainer again with warm water.


Step 7:

Repeat if needed.

Retainers Brisbane

Contact us at Greater Springfield Orthodontics to learn more about your retainer after treatment. If you have misplaced your retainer or has become loose it is important to make an appointment as soon as possible. Call us if you are unsure.

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Excellent service from the very first consultation. No hidden costs or surprises, we opted for the Sure Smile which gave my daughter fantastic results in only 12 months. Friendly and professional staff, flexible appointments that fit around school hours. Highly recommended.
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Myself and my brothers have all had braces provided by greater Springfield orthodontist and the care given to us has been exceptional. They have always been helpful in assisting the on going care to make sure our teeth stay perfect and are so very professional, absolutely great staff.
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Highly recommend this practice, from the very first phone call, Melinda was very friendly, knowledgeable, caring and informative, explained the process for my daughters potential braces requirement and what I was up for financially. Arranged appointment quickly and on the day was highly proficient,caring and understanding. Dr Southall explained potential options simply and recommendations from his perspective. A very professional organization with friendly caring staff.
Donald Carmichael
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Jerome Joseph
Highly recommend coming to Greater Springfield orthodontics. The team responses quickly for appointment times and are very caring.
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Highly recommend. From my son's first consultation a few years ago with Dr Southall to getting braces with Dr Clare and the continued care with Sharyn, the process has been easy, well explained, and made affordable for us. The whole team at GSO has been great to deal with.
Angelique Fourie
I would like to give a very BIG thank you to Dr Natasha Clare and the rest of the amazing staff. I highly recommend Greater Springfield Orthodontics, especially for adult braces. My braces were barely visible & just took 17 months to give me the smile I wanted! The whole process was seamless and very easy going, to my surprise. The Suresmile Technology was great! The kind reception staff were very flexible with my schedule & I was never afraid to ask questions and raise any queries. The whole team was just outstanding.Thank you! 5 stars.

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