Caring For Your Retainer


Young girl holding her clear retainer to keep her teeth straight.

Retainers are used to hold your teeth in their corrected position. There are two types: removable and fixed (bonded in place) retainers. We will recommend the style that we feel will maintain your correction best.

Handle your retainers with care to avoid a charge for broken or lost retainers. Follow these tips and care instructions after receiving your retainers:

  • Your speech may be affected the first few days of wearing your retainers. Reading aloud to yourself can help you become more accustomed to your retainers and will allow your speech to quickly return to normal.
  • To keep your teeth in their new position, your retainers should be worn at night while you sleep. We will instruct you further when you may reduce wearing time.
  • ALWAYS keep your retainers in your case when eating. NEVER leave them on a lunch tray, in a pocket, or wrapped in a napkin. Any of these situations may result in losing or breaking your retainers and an unnecessary expense.
  • When brushing your teeth, be sure to brush your retainers also. (Remember plaque can also form on your retainers, so keep them clean.) Use your toothbrush, toothpaste, and cold water.
  • Never boil or use hot water as this could damage your retainers.
  • To assure a proper fit, it is very important to bring your retainers to your appointments so they may be adjusted.

Contact us if you have any questions – we’re happy to help.

Download A Printable Retainer Care Sheet