Your retainer is carefully designed to hold your teeth. It is important that it is worn according to instructions and brought to each appointment.
Wear your retainer at all times for the first few months, even while you are asleep. It may be removed while eating, swimming, or playing vigorous sports activities. Avoid flipping your retainer with your tongue. This can cause breakage of your appliance.
Your new retainer may make your teeth sore for a day or two, especially after an adjustment.
Clean your retainer by brushing it daily with toothpaste. Denture cleaner can also be used for a more thorough cleaning. If you are wearing a bonded wire retainer behind your front teeth, be extra careful to clean the wire and the area around it. Flossing should be done every day.
Never wrap your retainer in a paper napkin or tissue and set it down on the table. You or someone else may throw it away. Don’t put it in your pocket when playing or you may break or lose it. Whenever it is not in your mouth it should be in its plastic appliance case.
Keep your retainer away from dogs or cats as they love to chew on them. Avoid storing them near any source of heat. Do not boil your retainer to sterilize it! If needed, bring it to the office and we will be happy to disinfect it for you.
An additional charge will be incurred for lost or broken retainer.