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Hibberd Orthodontics

Creating Beautiful Smiles for Children, Teens & Adults

Retainer Instructions

retainers

  • Wear your retainer full time, unless the doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Take your retainer out when eating, and always put it in its case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean your retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes plaque and eliminates odors. Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but do not take the place of brushing.
  • When a retainer is not in your mouth it should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to it faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If a retainer is lost or broken call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or if it needs adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacements are expensive, but with proper care they will last for years!
  • Remove your retainer when swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.