Retainers are fixed, or removable appliances, worn after braces are removed to hold the teeth in place or correct minor discrepancies. Follow the instructions below to care for your retainers and use them correctly:
Wear your orthodontic retainer at all times until Dr. Bernstein instructs otherwise.
Remove your retainer when eating, and always remember to put it back in its case! (Most people lose their retainer in school restaurants or lunchrooms when it’s wrapped in a tissue or napkin and not in its case.)
Clean your retainer thoroughly at least once a day with a toothbrush and a little amount of toothpaste. Do not apply too much force to avoid scratching the retainer and making it cloudy. Rinse the retainer with warm water and avoid using hot water. Brushing your retainers eliminates odors and removes the plaque. You can use Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners, but they do not take the place of brushing.
Always remember to keep your retainer in its case when you’re not wearing it. Pets love chewing on them!
Initially, you may have speaking difficulty. To get used to the retainer faster, practice reading, speaking, and singing aloud.
Retainers are breakable. So, treat yours with care. If your retainer gets broken or lost, contact us immediately.
Call (919) 233-0668 if you have any questions or concerns about your retainer or believe it needs adjusting. Don’t attempt to adjust it yourself.
Always carry your retainer with you to your orthodontic appointments. We will not be able to clean or check your retainer if you don’t bring it to your appointment.
Retainers are expensive to replace, but they will last for years with proper care!
Always remove your retainer and keep it in its case when you go swimming.
Keep your retainer away from hot car dashboards, the washing machine, napkins, pockets, and hot water.
If your retainer comes loose, gets damaged, or you have any concerns or questions about your retainer, visit our orthodontic office in Cary, NC, as soon as possible.