Taking Care of Your Retainer

  • Wear your retainers every night or as
  • Remove your retainers when eating and
    always put them in their case! Appliances are
    most often lost in school lunchrooms or
  • Once a day, thoroughly clean your retainers with
    a toothbrush and toothpaste to remove plaque and
    eliminate odors. Use warm – not hot – water. While
    Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners may
    be helpful, they do not take the place of brushing.
  • Pets love to chew on retainers: when not in your mouth,
    ALWAYS keep your retainers in a retainer case.
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. To get used to your retainers
    faster, practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud.
  • Treat your retainers with care: they’re easily breakable. Call us immediately if you lose or break your retainers.
  • Call us if you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or they need to be adjusted. Don’t try adjusting them yourself.
  • Whenever you have a Utah orthodontist appointment, bring your retainers with you.
  • It’s expensive to replace retainers. With proper care, however, your retainers will last for years!
  • Remove your retainers whenever you go swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.