Retainer Instructions

Congratulations on completing your orthodontic treatment! Now, it’s important to follow these retainer instructions to keep your smile in top shape.

  • Wear Your Retainer: Keep your retainer in at all times, as instructed by your doctor.
  • Remove When Eating: Take your retainer out when eating and always store it in its case to avoid misplacement, especially in school lunchrooms or restaurants.
  • Clean Thoroughly: Clean your retainer daily with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm water (not hot). Brushing removes plaque and keeps it odor-free. You can also use orthodontic appliance cleaners, but brushing is essential.
  • Store Properly: When not in your mouth, always keep your retainer in its case. Pets have a habit of chewing on them!
  • Speech Practice: It may be challenging to speak initially. Practice speaking, reading, or singing aloud to adapt more quickly.
  • Handle with Care: Retainers are delicate, so treat them gently. If lost or broken, contact us immediately; don’t attempt adjustments yourself.
  • Attend Appointments: Bring your retainer to your appointments for evaluation.
  • Longevity: Proper care ensures your retainer lasts for years, avoiding expensive replacements.
  • Remove for Swimming: Take out your retainer before swimming.
  • Avoid Heat: Keep retainers away from hot water, car dashboards, pockets, washing machines, and napkins.

Following these guidelines will help preserve your beautiful smile. If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance. Your smile is worth it!

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