Retainer Instructions

You’ve Made it to the Finish Line

You’ve reached your smile goal and now have the beautiful, healthy grin you deserve. Thank you for choosing us to share in this exciting time in your life. However, your job isn’t over just yet!

Keep Your Smile in Line

An orthodontic retainer is a commitment, but it’s easy. To maintain your excellent result, you need to follow your retainer instructions. Don’t forget to ask about our Retainers for Life program so you never miss a beat.

Follow these simple instructions to maintain your confident smile:

  • Wear your retainers anytime you’re at home unless we tell you otherwise. You can remove them to eat, brush your teeth, or play contact sports.
  • Please bring your retainer to your follow-up appointments. We need to see you with your retainer to ensure it fits correctly.
  • Keep your retainer case with you, and always store your retainers properly. Replacements are expensive!
  • If you notice that your retainer doesn’t fit properly or is cracked or broken, call us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
  • Clean your retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers remove plaque and eliminate odors.
  • You may have a little trouble speaking while wearing your retainer at first. It just takes a little practice. Try talking, reading or singing out loud with your retainer in to get used to them quickly.
  • If you break or lose your retainer, call us right away. If you aren’t wearing retainers, your teeth will move quickly.
  • An orthodontic retainer can warp and break easily. Keep your retainers away from hot water, hot cars, your pockets, the washing machine, dryers, and napkins. Treat them with care, and they’ll last.