The removable retainer you have been given is delicate and must be handled with care when out of your mouth. It took a great deal of time and careful work to construct.
Your retainer(s) must be worn at all times except when eating and brushing your teeth. It should also not be worn while swimming or when wearing an athletic mouthguard.
After about a year, this routine may be altered by your doctor. After that, your retainer may then be left out for the entire day but must be worn each night until otherwise instructed.
When not worn, your retainer must be kept in its storage box. This will protect it from breakage and contamination.
Your retainer may simply be rinsed off after meals and in-between snacks but should be thoroughly cleansed before retiring each night. You should clean your retainer by holding it in the palm of your hand, deep in the basin of the sink, and gently scrub it with your toothbrush and toothpaste. Then carefully rinse it off with lukewarm water.
If a wire is accidentally bent, make no attempt to adjust it yourself. Call our office to be seen as soon as possible.
There will be a fee for the replacement of each retainer.