Retainer Wear and Care

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Your retainer is a removable appliance that's been designed to maintain your teeth in their corrected position. Please follow these Wear and Care instructions carefully.


  • The retainers should be worn at all times unless your doctor gives you other instructions. Remove it only when you eat and brush your teeth.
  • The retainer's plastic taste will disappear quickly, and your speech will return to normal after a few days of wearing it.
  • Any soreness will dissipate in a few days, even after an adjustment. If you have a localized sore spot after three or four days, call us for an appointment.
  • Don't flip the retainer with your tongue. This could damage your teeth.


  • Clean the retainer by brushing it with soap and water; also, occasionally clean it with denture cleaner, using warm (not hot) water.
  • When it's not in your mouth, keep the retainer in a special box given to you (not wrapped in a napkin or in your pocket).
  • Keep the retainer away from pets.
  • Bring the retainer to each appointment.