Retainer Instructions

retainers

  • Be sure to wear your retainer as instructed by your orthodontist, this will guarantee the best results.
  • Remove your retainer when eating but make sure to place it in its case (School lunchrooms and restaurants are the most common places to lose a retainer)
  • Clean your retainer using a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste at least once a day. For best results, use warm water but avoid hot water as it can damage your retainer. Brushing your retainer will remove any plaque and eliminate unwanted odors. You can also soak your appliance in Efferdent or any other denture cleaner but it does replace brushing.
  • Keep your retainer safe from pets, small children, and trash cans. When the retainer is not in your mouth, it should be in its case.
  • At first, you may experience some difficulty speaking. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to speed up the adaptation process.
  • Retainers are not unbreakable, be sure to treat yours with the care it deserves. If you lose or break your retainer, contact us immediately, remember that the retention phase is critical to maintaining the smile you have worked so hard for.
  • If your retainer does not fit comfortably, call us immediately and do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Be sure to bring your retainer to all of your appointments, this will allow us to evaluate its fit and adjust it if necessary.
  • Remember that retainer replacement can be pricy, take proper care of yours and it will last for years!
  • To go swimming remove your retainer.
  • Keep your retainer away from any direct or indirect heat sources such as hot water and hot car dashboards. Also avoid any places where your retainer can break such as the washing machine, napkins, or your own pockets.