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Retainer Instructions

Wearing Your Retainers

  • You are now in the retention phase of your orthodontic treatment.
  • In order to maintain the position of your teeth, it is important for you to wear your retainer(s) as directed by Dr. Simi.
  • If they become broken, lost or ill fitting please call the office for an appointment.
  • There will a lab charge for replacement retainers and for repair of broken retainers, so please be careful with them.

Caring For Your Retainers

  • Keep them in the retainer case when not being worn.
  • If you own a dog or cat, be careful not to leave your retainer(s) lying around, they will think they are a new toy!
  • Do not wrap them in a napkin at lunch; many retainers have been lost this way.
  • They can also warp if you leave them in your car in the hot sun.

Cleaning Your Retainers

  • You can brush them with toothpaste and your toothbrush.
  • You can also use a denture cleaner like Efferdent. Use lukewarm water to dissolve the tablet.
  • Soak the retainers for a few minutes then rinse them well with cool or lukewarm water.
  • NEVER soak them in hot water, boil them or put them in the dishwasher. They are made of plastic and will melt!