Rey Orthodontics

Maria C. Rey DDS
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 120
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 436-5432

Retainer Instructions

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Instructions for your removable retainer

  • Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Take your retainers out when eating, and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot 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.
  • When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
  • Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacement is expensive; with proper care they will last for years!
  • Remove retainers when swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.

Instructions for your lingual bonded retainer

The purpose of your bonded retainer is to keep your teeth in place. Since it's glue to your teeth, there is no risk of losing or forgetting to wear it and it also does not impact speech or activities. The instructions for your bonded retainer are simple and very important:

  1. Keep it very clean by brushing it with either a manual or electric toothbrush with toothpaste.
  2. Using superfloss or a threader, floss between your teeth as instructed. (Thread the stiff part of the superfloss between your teeth making sure the floss is under your wire, then pull the floss. Next remove the floss and floss above the wire).
  3. Since you already have your braces removed, you can practically eat anything again! Just use your common sense and be extra careful in biting into hard foods.
  4. Visit your dentist regularly, every 6 months or less. We will also be seeing you for retainer checks every 4 months. If you detect a breakage or tooth movement, please notify us immediately.
  5. Once you have been dismissed from our office (in about a year),the retainer maybe left indefinitely if your hygiene is adequate and have dental cleanings every 4-6months.

We are proud of the results you achieved with your treatment. It's upon you to maintain your smile healthy!

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