Retainer Instructions

  • Wear your retainer at all times, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Remove your retainers when eating.
  • When you remove your retainer, always put it back in its case! If you wrap it in a napkin, it looks a lot like garbage. (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
  • Pets also love to chew on retainers.  The case will help protect them.
  • Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with an extra toothbrush and liquid soap. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but do not take the place of brushing.
  • Initially you may find it difficult to speak, but it will improve with time. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to it faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If you lose or break your retainer, call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
  • There is a cost for replacement retainers, but with proper care they will last for years!
  • Remove your retainer when you go swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.

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