Retainer Wear & Care
To prevent unwanted tooth movement, it's important that you wear your retainers as directed. We want your teeth to stay looking as beautiful as they were the day you finished your treatment!
Although retainers generally don't last forever, with proper care they can last for years. Please treat your retainer nicely by following the instructions below:
- Remove your retainer while eating and always keep it in the case when it's not in your mouth. (Many retainers are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants. If you don't want your retainer to go missing, don't wrap it in a napkin while you eat!)
- Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, washing machines and pets. (Dogs love retainers!)
- Clean your retainer daily with a toothbrush and warm water. Denture or retainer cleaning tablets can also be used periodically.
Lost or Broken Retainers
We know how frustrating it can be to lose or break your retainer. Just like you, we don't want your teeth to move! If you notice a problem with your retainer, or if you've lost it, please contact us promptly so we can find a time to repair or replace it.
If your retainer is cracked, wear it at night only. The same rule applies to a retainer that has broken in half - just wear both parts together. Make sure you're extra careful when inserting and removing a broken retainer to avoid further damage.
If you lost your retainer, it is even more important to schedule an appointment to replace it. In some cases, we already have a digital 3D model of your teeth and can use that model to make a new one!
Bonded ("Permanent") Retainers
If your bonded retainer is loose from one or more teeth, you'll want to be careful while eating so you don't happen to bend the wire. If the wire is poking, cover the area with wax. You should also wear a removable retainer at night to make sure your teeth don't shift.