• We give you clear retainers (like Invisalign) and in most cases have you wear them just at night. These retainers not only prevent your teeth from moving, but also prevent you from wearing down your teeth at night if you happen to grind.
  • Teeth may have a tendency to move or relapse right after the braces are removed, so if you miss a night of retainer wear you may notice that the retainer is tight the next day. If you miss 2 or 3 nights in a row, you may notice that your teeth have shifted. If this happens, you should wear your retainers full time for 2-4 weeks just removing them to eat, brush, and floss. These retainers should move your teeth back to their aligned positions. If you consistently don't wear your retainers your teeth may move to an extent that you may have to have braces again to align them.
  • Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and mouthwash, not toothpaste, as this will scratch your retainers. Use warm but not hot 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.
  • Take your retainers out when eating...and always put retainers in their case and then in your pocket or purse! (Most retainers are lost after eating, they are put in a napkin or on a tray and get thrown away.)
  • When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case and in a safe place. Pets love to chew on them and in some cases will chew through your retainer case to get to them! (This is the 2nd most common way retainers are lost.)
  • 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 to your appointments.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets (if not in their case), the washing machine, and napkins.
  • Retainer replacement can be expensive... with proper care they should last for years!