Retainer Instructions

retainers

  • Normally we would like you to wear your retainer at all times for one week and then EVERY night! Do not skip nights or your retainer may start to not fit properly.
  • 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 soft toothbrush. Never use hot water to clean the retainer as it may distort the shape. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Soaking your retainer for 5-10 minutes per day (not longer than that) in a solution of 1 part bleach and 10 parts water will help to kill germs that cause odor. Rinse in water before placing in your mouth.
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its case. Pets love to chew on them!
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to it faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, 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.
  • 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, and napkins.