Retainer Instructions


  • 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.

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