retainers

  • Wear your retainer at all times, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Take your retainer out when eating, and always put it back in its case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and clear antibacterial soap. Use lukewarm 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.
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its case. Pets love to chew on them! Placing retainers in pockets or napkins is a fast track to losing them or accidentally throwing them away.
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud and you'll get used to your retainers in no time!
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately! Teeth will move!
  • 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.
  • Retainer replacements are expensive, 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. Retainers can and will melt quickly. Also avoid putting retainers in napkins, that is the most common way they are accidentally thrown out!

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