Bring your orthodontic retainer to each of your appointments with the orthodontist, and give us a call if you think it needs adjusting—don’t try to do that on your own. Be sure to let us know right away if you lose your retainer or it gets damaged.
Retainers are breakable and costly to replace, but yours should serve you for years if you take good care of it. A few pointers:
- Clean your orthodontic retainer thoroughly every day, using a toothbrush and room temperature water. You can also use an orthodontic cleaner such as Efferdent, but you’ll still need to brush.
- MOST IMPORTANT: Insert retainer on a clean mouth, that’s what keeps a teeth retainer cleanest.
- Heat can cause a plastic retainer to warp, so keep it away from hot places such as sunny car dashboards. And don’t slip it into a pocket where it could end up in the washing machine.
- Make sure your retainer is in its case when you’re not wearing it. Remove it to eat, but place it in the case and not in a napkin—you don’t want it to end up in the trash bin at a restaurant or the school cafeteria. And at home, you don’t want Fido to use it as a chew toy!
- When you first get your teeth retainer, you might find it a little hard to talk while you’re wearing it. Practice makes perfect—try reading out loud or singing to get the hang of it.
- Take your retainer out when you go swimming (or if you have a lunch date with the President!). Remember—it goes right into its case.