Retainer instructions

Retainer Instructions:

  • It is important to wear you retainer exactly as instructed by Dr. Miller
  • Initially, you may find it a little tricky to speak clearly. Practicing reading out loud can help you adjust faster!
  • Take your retainer out when eating, and always put it back in its case when it is not in your mouth (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, napkins, and dishwashers.
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its case. Our pets are cute! But, man do they love to chew expensive things! Keep them hidden from pets as best as you can.
  • Retainers ARE breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately to ensure your teeth do not move freely and to prevent regression of your treatment.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer or you believe it needs adjusting, please call us. Do NOT try to adjust the retainer at home by yourself.
  • You should clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with your toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm water, NOT hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors. Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but do not take the place of brushing.

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