What are Retainers?

Retainers are fixed or removable appliances worn after the braces are removed. A removable retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth and holds them in their finished positions.

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When/How often do I need to wear my Retainers?

Wear your retainers every night to sleep, or as instructed by Dr. Taylor.

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Taking care of your Retainers

When your retainers are not in your mouth, always put them in their case. Most retainers are lost at school during lunch or at restaurants. You may also be surprised to learn that pets like to chew on them!

Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste using cold 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.
Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, the washing machine and keep them out of your pockets.

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I lost or broke my retainer.  What do I do?

Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If your retainers are lost or broken, please call us immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, please do not hesitate to call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.

Always bring your retainers to your appointments.

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