Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise
Take your retainers out when eating…and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors. Efferdent or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but these do not take the place of brushing.
Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing aloud to get used to them faster. Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care.
When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us.
If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
Do not try to adjust them yourself.
Retainer replacement is expensive…with proper care they will last for years!
Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
Remove retainers when swimming.
Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.