Retainer Instructions

The active phase of your orthodontic treatment you began is now over and you will begin a period we call retention. Your acceptance of final treatment shows that we have accomplished our goal to your satisfaction. To retain means to hold. In the case of your teeth, they must be retained or held in their new position. If we do not make an effort to retain the teeth following orthodontic treatment, they will tend to move back to their original position. Teeth have an amazing memory.


1. Wear the appliance at all times 24/7 including sleep unless you been instructed otherwise.

2. Before eating remove appliance, put it in the case, this will avoid losing or breaking the appliance.

3. After you have finished brushing your teeth, clean the appliance and then reseat in mouth.

4. If you participate in a sporting event, it is best you remove appliance, place in your case for safe keeping and then return to your mouth immediately following. This will also avoid loss or breakage.

5. IMPORTANT: Short period of time with retainer out (eating, brushing, playing ball, etc.) will be acceptable, but it is not recommended for long term.


Taste: the plastic taste, sometimes found in new appliance, disappears in a day.

Speech: With the appliance in place your speech will be completely normal in 2 or 3 days. Reading aloud to yourself can help you become more quickly accustomed to its presence.



DON’T leave it lying on your dresser. (Remember, little brothers or sisters and even pets are curious)

DON’T wrap it in a paper napkin or tissue. Garbage cans don’t make happy hunting grounds.

DO!!!!!!!!! If you must take it out of your mouth, put it in a plastic container with a lid and with your name, address and telephone number taped inside the box.


The length of time the teeth must be retained, of course, varies with each individual. The average patient must be retained for about 12 months, some even indefinitely. In most cases, some types of retainer is usually required until the third molars, or wisdom teeth, have erupted or have been extracted. Often the latter part of the retention period will require retainer wear only while sleeping.


It has been our experience that retainers are not broken and certainly cannot be lost while in the mouth. Find a safe place to keep it. However, should it be lost or broken, please notify the office immediately so we can replace it as soon as possible. The fee for the replacement must be paid in full the day of delivery.


Please feel free to call with any questions that may come up in the future.