Retainers Post-Care Instructions

DO…Don’t 

  • Rinse before putting them in.
  • Protect your retainers from any kind of excessive heat (like the sun or a hot car).
  • Only use cold or warm water when cleaning or rinsing your retainers.
  • Brush & floss your teeth before putting your retainers in.
  • Store your retainers in your case when you aren’t wearing them.
  • Soak retainers in soapy water to get a more thorough clean. Rinse with water after cleaning.
  • Wear your retainer every night or until you want crooked teeth again.
  • Replace your retainers every 6-9 months to keep them fresh. The material starts to thin beyond this point allowing teeth to shift a little and also putting the retainers in danger of breaking.

DON’T…

  • Don’t wrap your retainers in a napkin or paper towel, because they may crack.
  • Don’t use sharp objects to remove your retainers.
  • Don’t use hot water to clean your retainers, and never place them in the dishwasher. High temperatures can damage or discolor them.
  • Don’t wear retainers while eating or drinking anything other than cool water.
  • Don’t bite your retainers into position.

 

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