Congratulations!  If you're reading this page you're probably finished with your orthodontic treatment and enjoying your gorgeous, straight smile!  Review the instructions below to ensure your smile stays beautiful, straight and intact.

  • Wear your retainers every night or as instructed.
  • Remove your retainers when eating and always put them in their case! Appliances are most often lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.
  • Once a day, thoroughly clean your retainers with a toothbrush and toothpaste to remove plaque and eliminate odors. Use warm – not hot – water. While Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners may be helpful, they do not take the place of brushing.
  • Pets love to chew on retainers: when not in your mouth, ALWAYS keep your retainers in a retainer case.
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. To get used to your retainers faster, practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud.
  • Treat your retainers with care: they’re easily breakable. Call us immediately if you lose or break your retainers.
  • Call us if you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or they need to be adjusted. Don’t try adjusting them yourself.
  • Whenever you have an orthodontist appointment, bring your retainers with you.
  • It’s expensive replace retainers. With proper care, however, your retainers will last for years!
  • Remove your retainers whenever you go swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.