Retainers

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Smiling womanCongratulations! You’ve gotten your braces off! The next phase of treatment is just as important so your new beautiful smile will last a lifetime! Be sure to follow the instructions provided by your orthodontist.

  • It will take a few days to acclimate to talking with retainers. To get used to them quicker, practice reading, speaking and/or singing out loud.
  • Wear your retainers full time, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Retainers are very fragile so treat them with special care. Contact us immediately if you break or lose a retainer.
  • Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your retainers.
  • Do not try to adjust retainers yourself.
  • Store your retainers in your case while eating. (Retainers are most often lost in restaurants or school lunchrooms.)
  • Use a toothbrush and toothpaste to thoroughly clean your retainers once a day. Do NOT use hot water; only warm water. You can also use Efferdent® in addition to brushing them clean.
  • Keep retainers from hot surfaces or temperatures like hot water, pockets and dashboards.
  • Do not wear your retainers when swimming.
  • Pets love to chew on retainers, so ALWAYS use your retainer case to store your retainer when they are not in your mouth.
  • Be sure to bring your retainers to your appointments.
  • It is expensive to replace retainers. They can last for years if you care for them properly.