Retainer Instructions

  • Wear your retainer at all times unless the doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to it faster.
  • When you aren’t wearing them, retainers should be kept in their case in a cool area.
  • Take your retainer out when eating or swimming and always put it back in its case! Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants. Pets love to chew on them, too!
  • Clean your retainer daily with a toothbrush. Brushing your retainer removes the plaque and eliminates odors. Use warm but not hot water so the material will not warp.
  • Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
  • It is not uncommon for retainers to have to be replaced over time, as the material will wear with general use or if you grind your teeth.

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