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  • Retention

    What are retainers used for?

    Teeth always have a natural tendency to drift back toward their original positions as bodily function and bodily change effect tooth position on an indefinite basis. That’s why a retainer is important to hold your teeth in their new positions and best maintain that beautiful smile we all want.

    Some tips for wearing a retainer:

    • Wear your retainers as instructed by Dr. Harman.
    • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak while wearing your retainers. You will adjust more quickly if you practice speaking, reading or singing out loud.
    • Remove your retainers when eating and place them in their protective case. NEVER wrap your retainers in Kleenex, paper towels or napkins as most retainers are lost in school lunch rooms, restaurants, or when they are accidentally thrown away by someone at home!
    • Remove your retainers when swimming or during contact sports as retainers are fragile.
    • When retainers are not in your mouth, the safest place is in their protective case. Pets LOVE the smell of retainers and their cases. Keep retainers and cases out of reach of all pets.
    • Clean your retainers thoroughly at least once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors from bacteria. If necessary, you may also soak your retainers on a weekly basis in Efferdent or other similar cleaner at room temperature to reduce bacteria accumulation and remove hardened particles.
    • AVOID HEAT! Avoid hot/boiling water, hot car dashboards and the washing machine as retainers are easily and permanently distorted by extreme temperatures.
    • It has been our experience that retainers are not broken & certainly cannot be lost while in the mouth-the safest place to keep them. Should, a retainer become lost or broken, please notify our office immediately so that we can replace it as soon as possible, if necessary. Replacement fees apply.
    • If you have any questions about your retainers or feel they need adjusting or replacement please call the office at 78-BRACE and we will schedule an appointment. Do not try to adjust them yourself!