that your braces are off and you are enjoying your beautiful new
smile, we would like to give you some information about retainers.
Retainers are permanent wires that are glued to the inside of your
front teeth. Is it essential that your floss them regularly using
floss threaders or superfloss.
are given removable retainers, wear them all the time, except for
eating, brushing and playing sports. Dr. Parker will advise you
when you can wear them at night time only.
the retainers with cold water every time you brush your teeth.
Do not use toothpaste on removable retainers.
can easily be broken if they are not in your mouth or in their
case. Avoid backpacks, pockets, tabletops and places where the
family pet can reach them.
break your retainer, do not try to fix it yourself. Call our
office to get it repaired.
careful not to click your retainer in and out all the time or
always be taking it out to show friends. This will cause it to get
loose and not fit properly.
do not like heat. Avoid hot water, sunlight and do not microwave
them (yes, it has been done)
may talk funny or salivate more when you first get your retainer.
This is normal and will improve with practice and time.
Remember: retainers are difficult to make and are expensive to
replace. Take care of them and keep your recall appointments with
us. With proper care, your retainer will serve you well for a very
The Patients responsibility
For best results, please follow these instructions and keep your
your dentist every 6 months.
your teeth after every meal
eating sweets between meals unless the teeth can be cleaned
chewing ice, hard or sticky candy, gum, and popcorn, playing
with, or dislodging appliances.
rough play where you could receive a blow to the face or could
catch the appliances upon your clothing and dislodging or
notify the office IMMEDIATELY if the appliances are loose,
lost or broken.