- Wear your retainer exactly as your orthodontist prescribes to prevent relapse.
- Remove your retainer out when eating, and always place it in a case when not in your mouth. Cases can prevent you from losing or accidentally throwing your retainer away.
- Clean your retainer thoroughly once a day using a toothbrush, toothpaste and warm water. This will remove any plaque buildup and help eliminate odors. You can also soak your retainer in denture cleaner or another appliance cleaner, but this should be done along with daily brushing.
- Remember to always place your retainer in a case when it isn’t in your mouth, and keep it out of the reach of pets (more than one patient has had a retainer eaten by a dog!).
- Practice speaking to get used to having the retainer in your mouth. You will notice your speech may be affected in the beginning, so practicing can help you get used to it faster.
- Be careful with your retainer - it is breakable!
- If your retainer is damaged or lost, call us right away to get a new one so you ensure your smile remains straight and aligned.
- Always bring your retainer with you to your follow-up appointments.
- Keep your retainer away from hot objects - never soak it in hot water, leave it in a hot car, or put it in the dishwasher.
- If you think your retainer needs adjusting, call us and we will be happy to help. Don’t try to make adjustments yourself!