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Retainer Instructions


Congratulations! You are finished with your active orthodontic treatment. The goal of the retention phase is to maintain your spectacular smile using a sets of retainers.

  • Wear your retainers after school and at night time for the first 12 weeks, after that you can start wearing them at night time only. There is never a point that you can stop wearing your retainers completely. Even after a few years, Dr. Gellerman will still want you to wear your retainers 2-3 nights per week to ensure your teeth do not shift.
  • Make sure you come back for a retainer check-up visits.
  • Take your retainers out when eating, and always put them back in the case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean the retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and a dish soap. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Efferdent®, Retainer Brite, or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but do not replace brushing.
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its 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 it faster.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.
  • Do not flip the retainer with your tongue. This will loosen or damage your retainer.
  • Not wearing your retainer (even for a few days) could cause your teeth to shift. If your retainer no longer fits or needs adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Always bring your retainer to each appointment.
  • Retainers are breakable, but with proper care they will last for years. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately.
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