Retainers-Instructions and Care
Wear your retainers 24 hours daily. The only exceptions are when eating or cleaning them, or participating in contact sports.
To keep your retainers clean, brush them with a toothbrush and toothpaste each time you brush. The retainers get a plaque build-up and odor if they are not kept clean. At least rinse retainers off after each meal. For special care you can use Retainer Brite (sample and order form provided) or a denture cleanser such as Efferdent, or soak it in a mouthwash and water mixture. This will give it a fresh taste.
Keep retainers away from all animals-dogs, cats, etc. Animals like to eat retainers.
A protective case is provided for you. Always keep retainers in its protective case when its not in your mouth. Never wrap retainers in a napkin. You will forget about them and they are easily mistaken for trash and thrown away. Also never put your appliance in a pocket or your backpack where it may be bent, or even crushed. They are costly to replace.
The appliance will melt or wrap if it gets hot. Never leave it in a hot car or leave it by a stove or other heater. NEVER put it in boiling water.
Remember, you will have extra saliva for the first few days: this is normal. Initially, your mouth doesn’t realize that this retainer is not a piece of food. This sensation will go away after approximately 3 days.
Your speech will be somewhat slurred at first. It will be back to normal within a week if you are wearing your retainers full time. Try reading aloud and talking more slowly. The most important thing to remember is to keep the retainers in as much as possible during this period.
LOSS OR BREAKAGE
If the retainers are lost, broken, or irritating your mouth, please contact the office right away. There is a fee for lost or broken retainers.
Your retainers should feel snug if you are wearing them properly. They don’t change in size, but your teeth can shift. Please wear your retainer as prescribed by the doctor to prevent shifting. The longer you have been out of braces, the less often you will be required to wear them.
Please bring your retainers with you to every appointment. We need to check their fit and sometimes adjust them.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the office: 236-7846. We are always happy to help you any way that we can!