Wear your retainer at all times, until the doctor instructs otherwise. If you have a fixed bar behind your teeth, Dr. West wants you to only wear your removable retainers at night, while you sleep.
Take your retainer out when eating or drinking anything besides water, and always put it back in its case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and liquid soap. Use warm, but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used as well, but do not take the place of regular brushing.
When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its case. Pets love to chew on them!
Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately. It is $65 to replace each clear plastic retainer.
Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
Remove your retainer when you go swimming.
Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.
If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust it yourself.