Retainers should be worn around the clock, unless otherwise instructed by the doctor.
Be sure to remove retainers when eating, and put the retainer in its case! The majority of the time when a retainer is lost it’s in a school lunch room or a restaurant.
Again, when your retainer isn’t in your mouth, it must be in it’s case! Pets love chewing on retainers.
If a retainer is lost or broken, call us as soon as possible. Retainers are breakable, so be careful with yours. Replacing your retainer is expensive, but with proper care they can last for years.
Do not swim with your retainer.
Retainers should be cleaned well at least once daily. The best way to clean your retainer is with a toothbrush and toothpaste in warm water. This will help remove plaque and prevent odors. In addition to proper brushing, Efferdent or other appliance cleaners may be used.
You might find speaking difficult at first. Practicing will help you get used to it faster.
If you run into any issues with your retainer let us know. We will answer any question you may have. We’re also happy to adjust your retainer for you. Don’t try doing this yourself!
Melting is a possiblilty for your retainer, so keep it away from hot water and hot car dashboards.
Bring your retainer with you to every appointment!