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Retainer Instructions


  • Wear your retainer at all times, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Take your retainer out when eating, and always put it back in its case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but do not take the place of brushing.
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its case. Pets love to chew on them!
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to it faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacements are expensive, but with proper care they will last for years!
  • Remove your retainer when you go swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.


In most cases we place a permanent retainer on your lower front teeth. You need to take extra care of this retainer. It is glued to your teeth just like a bracket would be. You need to pay special attention to this area when brushing and flossing and make sure you are removing all food particles. Build up can accumulate in this area if good oral hygiene is not preformed. Flossing in this area can be done with super-floss or a floss threader which can be purchased at your local supermarket.

You will still need to cut up hard foods such as apples, carrots, celery (any hard food) and place those foods on your back teeth. Biting into something hard can and most likely will dislodge the lower fixed retainer. There is a fee associated with fixing or replacing it. If you have any questions about care instructions, please contact our office.