Removable Appliances (Retainers)

  1. The removable appliance is carefully designed to move or to hold your teeth. It is important that it is worn according to instructions and brought to each appointment.
  2. Wear your appliance at all times, if so instructed even while you are asleep. It may be removed while eating, swimming, or playing vigorous sports activities. In two or three days your speech will return to normal with the appliance in place. Avoid flipping your appliance with your tongue or playing with the appliance. This can cause damage to your teeth or breakage of your appliance.
  3. Your new appliance may make your teeth sore for a day or two, especially after an adjustment. If you have a sore spot on your gums call our office so that we can adjust the appliance.
  4. Clean your appliance by brushing it daily with toothpaste. Denture cleaner can also be used for a more thorough cleaning. If you are wearing a bonded wire retainer behind your front teeth, be extra careful to clean the wire and the area around it. Flossing should be done every day.
  5. Never wrap your appliance in a paper napkin or tissue and set it down on the table. You or someone else may throw it away. Don't put it in your pocket when playing or you may break or lose it. Whenever it is not in your mouth it should be in its plastic appliance case and when it is not in the plastic case, it must be in your mouth!
  6. Keep your appliance away from dogs or cats, as they love to chew on them. Avoid storing them near any source of heat or on the car dashboard or direct sunlight. If you happen to place it somewhere, where you feel it has been contaminated or if the retainer is accidentally dropped in a trash can, do not boil your retainer to sterilize it! If needed, bring it to the office and we will be happy to disinfect it for you. Do not soak your retainers in mouthwash or soak overnight in water. Retainers have metal pieces that can rust over prolonged exposure to water!
  7. An additional charge will be incurred for lost or broken appliances. Please bring your retainers to all appointments.
  8. If you loose a retainer or if you retainer is broken, contact the office immediately to have the retainer repaired if possible or replaced if necessary.
  9. If you are not wearing your retainers for the required hours, your teeth may shift requiring additional treatment and additional costs! So to avoid going back into possibly braces, wear your retainers!

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