Retainer Instruction

appliance-retainers

  • 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

Warning

  • 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!
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