Retainer Instructions

Clear Retainers

Clear Retainers are to be worn every night for at least 8 hours.  If you spend just one night away from home, then you do not need to bring your retainer with you do not need to brig your retainer with you.  If you are spending multiple nights away from home, then be sure to bring it.  Going more than one night without wearing your clear retainer could allow your teeth to shift. 

To clean clear retainers, gently brush it with your toothbrush and tooth paste.  If your clear retainer begins to cloud, then you can clean it by soaking in denture cleaner (Effident or Kleanite).  If you become ill and need to sanitize you retainer, DO NOT boil, microwave, or run it through the dishwasher; excessive heat will cause the retainer to warp.  Instead soak the retainer in mouthwash for an hour.

Most clear retainers have to be replaced when they are accidentally thrown away or eaten by a pet.  Wrapping your clear retainer in a napkin will make it look like trash.  If your retainer is not in your mouth, then it needs to be in your case.  Keeping it in your case and in a drawer, will keep your retainer out of a pet's reach.  Pets, especially dogs, think your retainer is food, and will chew it up.

Make sure to bring your retainer to every appointment so we can check how it is fitting.  There will be a replacement fee if retainers are lost or not fitting.

Removable Retainer

Removable retainers are to be worn every night.  If you spend just one night away from home, then you do not need to bring your retainer with you.  If you are spending multiple nights away from home, then be sure to bring it.  When you put in your retainer use your fingers to push it all the way up on your palate and place the metal bar in the middle of your front teeth.  When you remove it pull down on the clasp on your back teeth, not the wire on your front teeth.

To clean your removable retainer, gently brush it with your toothbrush ad toothpaste.  Toothpaste with baking soda will eat away at the solder joints of the retainer.  If you become ill and need to sanitize your retainer, DO NOT boil, microwave, or run it through the dishwasher; excessive heat will cause the retainer to warp.  Instead soak the retainer in mouthwash for an hour.  Never soak a retainer with wires in denture cleaner. 

Make sure to bring your retainer to every appointment, so we can check how it is fitting.  There will be a replacement fee if retainers are lost or not fitting.

Attached Retainer

An attached retainer is a section of wire glued onto the back of your teeth.  This retainer will keep your teeth from shifting without having to remember to wear a retainer at night.  Since it is attached with the same adhesive as your braces, it can be knocked off in the same way braces are.  We tell patients to expect the wire to need rebonding on one tooth once a year.  To avoid having the adhesive come off try to eat sticky, chewy, hard, or crunchy foods with your back teeth.  Typical foods that break attached retainers are baby carrots, beef jerky, Laffy Taffy, or even day old pizza crust.  All of these food are okay to eat, but please bite into them behind your retainer.  If your attached retainer does come off, then call the office to schedule n appointment to fix it. 
To clean your attached retainer, you will brush your teeth like normal, but use a soft pick or floss threader to floss underneath it.

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Atlanta, GA 30327
Phone: (404) 233-1972
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