Retainers and Appliances

The  retainer 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.

Wear your retainer at all times, 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 retainer in place. Avoid flipping your retainer with your tongue. This can cause damage to your teeth or breakage of your appliance.

Your new retainer 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 retainer.

Clean your retainer 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.

Never wrap your retainer 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 it’s plastic appliance case.

Keep your retainer away from dogs or cats as they love to chew on them. Avoid storing them near any source of heat. 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.

If your bonded retainer comes loose on one side or comes off completely, your teeth may shift. Call our office immediately to schedule an appointment. If it comes off completely, keep it and bring it with you to your appointment and we can often rebond it.

An additional charge will be incurred for lost or broken retainers.