• Wear your retainers according to the doctor’s instructions.
• Take your retainers out when eating, and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
• 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.
• When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer 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 them faster.
• Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us 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.
• Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
• Retainer replacement is expensive; with proper care they will last for years!
• Remove retainers when swimming.
• Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.
Sometimes “permanent” retainers can be placed on the inside of teeth. This refers to a wire that is bonded with dental adhesives and can be easily removed without damage or alterations to the teeth. Special care is needed to maintain the bonding and hygiene.
• Flossing is easy from the top and front.
• Extra brushing is needed between the retainer and the gingiva (gums).
• Be careful when trying to thread floss of cleaners under the wire. Over aggression may cause recession of the gingiva.
• If a tooth becomes dislodged from the wire, please call our office to have it re-cemented before a tooth moves.