Retention

Retention
  • Retainers are forever and your teeth will move if you stop wearing your retainers.
  • Wear them full time for 2 months and then go to night-time only.
  • If your retainer is tight after you have left it out for a day, then you should wear it longer.
  • Take your retainers out when eating...and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants)
  • Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use cold water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors. Efferdent or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but these do not take the place of brushing.
  • When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing aloud to get used to them faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself!
  • Always bring your retainers with you to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacement is expensive...with proper care they will last for years!
  • Remove retainers when swimming and playing sports.
  • Keep retainers away form hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing, and napkins
  • It is a common mistake to place your retainer in a napkin while eating, however, this is the most common way to loose your retainer.

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