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How do you take care of your retainer?


When You're Wearing Your Retainer

  • Wear your retainer at all times (except for at mealtimes or when brushing and flossing your teeth) until Dr. Fairbanks instructs otherwise.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call the team at Fairbanks Orthodontics! Do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to it faster.

When You're Not Wearing Your Retainer

  • Remove your retainer when you go swimming.
  • Take your retainer out when eating, brushing and flossing.
  • Always put your retainer back in its case! (We hear about a lot of retainers lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.
  • Keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.

Taking Care of Your Retainer

  • 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.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, contact Fairbanks Orthodontics immediately.
  • Retainer replacements are expensive, but with proper care they will last for years!
  • Remember: Always bring your retainer to your orthodontic appointments with Dr. Fairbanks.

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