Mouth Plates / Retainers


Plates are removable appliances that can be taken in and out. They are very versatile and can be used for a large number of alignment and bite problems and can be offered for all our patients, however, usually more common in our younger patients. They work fantastically well for certain situations and cost a fraction of the price that braces do. Sometime, using plates when a child is younger, can avoid braces later in life… literally saving you and your family thousands!

We love what we do and really believe in it, so if we can correct bite and jaw problems with plates alone, with braces or a combination, we will make sure we give you the options.


Plates Info+

Do I have to wear my plate at all times?

Your orthodontist will instruct you in the wear of your retainer. Follow the instructions carefully as failure to do so WILL result in movement of your teeth. Retainers must be worn every night for the first year after your brace has been removed. You will be reviewed every 3-4months during your retention period. Bring your retainers along to these appointments. It is important to attend these appointments and to follow your instructions at each visit.

If your teeth need to be realigned, you will be charged.

If you are having problems with your retainers contact the surgery as soon as possible. Do not wait until your next appointment.

Caring for your plate

Clean your retainers at least twice a day with either soap and water or a toothbrush without toothpaste.

Toothpaste should not be used as this is abrasive and can affect the appearance of the retainers. They can be soaked in ‘ Retainer Brite’ to improve their taste. Never put in hot or boiling water.

We advise you to purchase a box to keep your retainers in when they are not in your mouth. If they are wrapped in tissue or put in your pocket they may be lost or damaged. Be extremely careful with your retainers as if you lose or damage them you will be charged for their replacement.

Follow these instructions carefully and your retention period will be uneventful. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the practice.

Are plates comforatble?

Plates are usually very comfortable (no pain involved), but take a little getting use to for a few days. Most patients will have no issues with speech or appearance of the plates, as they are quite discrete.

I've lost my plate

Damaged or lost plates and other appliances lengthen treatment time and can add costs to treatment. Please look after appliances to make your treatment goes as smoothly as possible. Give us a call if and we will make arrangements for a new one.