Retainer Checklist

Retainers 2018-02-09T13:15:38+00:00
  • Wear your retainer at all times (including sleep) for the FIRST 3 Months and after that you can start wearing it at night.
  • You must wear retainers for life if you want to protect your beautiful smile.
    • Teeth always want to move, so make it a habit to wear your retainer.
  • Take your retainers off carefully gently pulling one side off at the back teeth until it is loose. Move to the opposite side and then to the front.
  • Take your retainer out when eating, and always put it back in its case!
    • Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.
  • Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste or soap.
    • 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.
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its case.
    • Pets love to chew on them!
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak.
    • Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to it faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care.
  • If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately.
  • Do not bite your retainers into place as this can cause them to crack.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call us.
    • Do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacements are expensive, but with proper care they will last for years!
  • Remove your retainer when you go swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins