MEDINA ORTHODONTICS


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10605 Spring Green Blvd. Ste. 300
Katy, Texas 77494

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The benefits of orthodontic treatment will last a lifetime if you keep these important patient responsibilities in mind:

Dental examinations and cleanings - The patient should continue with proper oral hygiene procedures at home, to include thorough brushing and flossing techniques. The patient should be seen by their family dentist at least every 6 months for cleanings and dental examinations.

Retainers - Once the active orthodontic appliances are removed, the patient will receive retainers to stabilize the dental correction. Because the bone and soft tissues surrounding the teeth are stabilizing for several months after braces are removed, it is imperative that the retainers are worn as instructed. Failure to wear the retainers may result in undesirable movement of the teeth, which could necessitate re-treatment.

Because teeth can continue to move throughout life, we feel that individuals who have undergone orthodontic therapy should wear retainers indefinitely. A patient should wear retainers as prescribed by our practice.

Retainers are made of a thermoplastic material that is sensitive to excessive heat, so they should be kept away from heaters, dishwashers, car dashboards or any place where the temperatures exceed 115 degrees (F). The retainers should be cleaned before and after placement in the mouth. Because the material used for fabrication is slightly porous, plaque tends to cling to the surfaces. Gentle scrubbing with a toothbrush and a mild liquid soap will remove the plaque.

Our goal is to help your smile stay beautiful and healthy for a lifetime. Your cooperation is essential in order to achieve this goal.

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MEDINA ORTHODONTICS
10605 Spring Green Blvd. Ste. 300 Katy, TX 77494
Phone: (281)394-9300
Medina Orthodontics is based on the core values of honesty, family enrichment, health, and safety. It is of great importance that all our patients feel comfortable; this is why we believe in treating them as though they are part of the family.