Removable Retainer IFU

The removable retainer is a custom-made clear plastic dental device that fits over the teeth. It is designed to be comfortable and easy to wear.

Indications for Use

A removable retainer is a clear plastic dental device designed to maintain the position of teeth following orthodontic treatment. It is used to prevent teeth from shifting and ensure orthodontic treatment results are maintained.

Contraindication

The retainer should not be used if the user has a known allergy to plastic or if they have an existing dental condition that makes it difficult to wear the device.

Potential Risks and Benefits of Removable Retainers

Advise patients of the following

The use of removable retainers may have potential risks, including breakage. They can be prone to breakage or cracking, especially if they are not handled or cared for properly. Chewing on the retainer or exposing it to excessive heat can increase the risk of damage. However, the benefits include discretion with the clear appliance, comfort, and protection from orthodontic treatment.

Directions for Use

To ensure the proper use of removable retainers, dental professionals and patients should follow these steps:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the device.
  • Carefully insert the device into the patient’s teeth, starting from the back of the patient’s mouth and working forward.
  • Use your fingers to gently press the device onto the patient’s teeth to ensure a snug fit.

Cleaning instructions

To clean the removable retainer, patients should follow these steps:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to brush the device gently.
  • Rinse the device thoroughly with cool water.
  • Do not use hot water, as it can warp the device.
  • Do not use mouthwash, as it can discolor the device.
  • Clean the device daily.

Storage instructions

When not in use, store the removable retainer in the provided case. Keep the case in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.

Adjustment recommendations

  • Operate the bur at high speed, applying minimal pressure while using water.
    • It's important to maintain the temperature using water and air spray. This method helps prevent the formation of micro-fractures. A fine-grit diamond is advisable for adjustments, and air-only handpiece adjustments are not recommended.
    • For shaping different surfaces, specific tools are best:
      •  A football-shaped bur is effective for the occlusal and lingual surfaces, especially on anterior teeth 
      • A tapered bur is better suited for the buccal and lingual surfaces.

Additional Information

Clinical studies have shown removable retainers to be an effective and reliable treatment option for patients looking to protect their orthodontic work. If the patient experiences any adverse events, such as pain or irritation, they should discontinue use and contact your practice immediately. Removable retainers come with a limited warranty, which may vary depending on the manufacturer.

ADA Codes

Orthodontics
Clear Aligners D8090 Comprehensive Adult ortho
Orthodontic retention  D8680 This code is all-encompassing to any orthodontic retention
Orthodontic retention (Single Arch) D8680 This code is all-encompassing to any orthodontic retention
Orthodontic retention  (Double Arch) D8680 This code is all-encompassing to any orthodontic retention
Hawley or Lingual Bar Retainer (Single Arch) D8680 This code is all-encompassing to any orthodontic retention
Hawley or Lingual Bar Retainer (Double Arch) D8680 This code is all-encompassing to any orthodontic retention
Clear Aligners  D8040 Limited orthodontics of adult dentition

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Please see the attached Aligner and Retainer Material Safety Data Sheets for additional information.

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