- Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
- Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
- Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
Care & Cleaning
- 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 do not take the place of brushing.
- Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately
- Take your retainers out when eating, and always put retainers in their case!
- Beware! most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.
- When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
- Remove retainers when swimming.
- Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.
- Retainer replacement can be expensive; with proper care they will last for years!