A Retainer is an appliance that is worn after your braces are removed. The retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth to hold them in place. Some retainers are removable, while others are bonded to the tongue-side of several teeth.
Tips for caring for your Retainer:
- Wear your retainers full time unless Dr. Summer tells you otherwise.
- Take your retainers out when eating… and always put retainers in their case! (Lunch rooms or restaurants is where most retainers are lost.)
- Clean retainers 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 retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case.
- Initially, you may find speaking is a little difficult. Dr. Summer recommends speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
- Retainers are breakable, so handle 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 to your appointments.
- Retainer replacement is expensive… with proper care they will last for years!
- Remove retainers when swimming - they will sink!
- Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.