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Retainer Instructions


  • Wear your retainer 12-14 hours in the evenings, until the doctor instructs otherwise. We prefer you to not wear your retainers outside of the house so you are less likely to lose it.
  • Take your retainer out when eating, and always put it back in its case! (Most retainers are lost because the dog gets them when they aren't in the case, or were wrapped up in a tissue!)
  • Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but 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. Do not soak them in mouth wash as they can become brittle and break from the alcohol.
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its case. Pets love to chew on them!
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to it faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacements are expensive, but with proper care they will last for years!
  • Remove your retainer when you go swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.