How to care for your retainers
Proper care for your retainers and developing consistent habits is crucial for both the effectiveness of retainer use and for your health. The following guidelines will maximize the benefits of using your retainers:
- After brushing, place your retainers in every night. We find that it is a good habit to keep your retainers near your toothbrush.
- Important: Wear your retainers every night while sleeping for the rest of your life. Your retainers should be cleaned every day.
- In the morning, take the retainers out and rinse them with cold or lukewarm water. Never use hot water, as this may damage the retainers. After rinsing, place the retainers in a cup with a denture cleaning tablet (we recommend Efferdent) and warm water. Allow the retainers to soak in the cleaning solution all day and evening. Rinse the cleaning solution off your retainers before placing the retainers in your mouth at night.
- If you experience any problems with your retainers, such as irritation to your gums, excessive loosening, or breakage of the retainers, call us right away.
- Never wrap your retainers in a paper towel or napkin, as they could get accidentally discarded. Store your retainers in a cup with denture cleaner or your retainer case.
- Your retainers are delicate. Handle them with care.
- Do not eat with your retainers in place and drink only water while using your retainers.
- Keep your retainers away from dogs or other animals.
- If traveling by plane, keep retainers in a carry-on bag.
- If your retainers break or get lost, please call us right away. You will need a replacement set.
- If the retainers are not worn every night, your teeth will most likely shift and the retainers will no longer fit properly. You will need a new set of retainers to prevent further shifting of teeth, or braces again to straighten your teeth. If you stop wearing your retainers every night, your teeth may move and you may need braces again.