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12-20-2014, 04:57 AM
Removable retainers should be worn 24 hours a day for the first 3 months after orthodontic movement is finished. If retainers are worn as instructed, the retainer wear can usually be reduced to 12 hours a day after the next appointment.

Take your retainers out when eating or drinking (except water)…and always put retainers in their case! Most retainers are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.

Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with liquid dish/hand soap and a toothbrush. Use warm but not hot water. This will remove the plaque, and eliminate odors.

When retainers are not in your mouth they 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 speaking with them in faster.

Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately. If broken, please bring your retainer with you when you come to the office.

Always bring your retainers to your appointments.

Retainer replacement is expensive… with proper care they can last for years!

Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.

Retainers may need to be adjusted after new fillings or crowns are placed.

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