Retainer Instructions

  • Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
  • Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
  • DO NOT wrap retainers in napkins, paper towels or Kleenex!! You or someone else may throw them away!
  • If you take your retainers out when eating, always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean retainers thoroughly after every meal with a toothbrush and toothpaste. 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.
  • When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them, so keep them away from the reach of your pets!
  • Remove retainers when swimming in a lake or a pond.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
  • If you have a retainer bonded to your teeth and a glue bond comes loose, do not pull the retainer out. Call our office immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
  • Retainer replacement is expensive... with proper care they will last for years!