- Wear your retainer at all times, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
- 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 gentle hand soap. Use room temperature water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. RetainerBrite® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners may be used but do not replace of brushing.
- When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its case.
- 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.
- 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 all dental appointments.
- Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.