Willow Bend Orthodontics

Personal attention and exceptional smiles for adults and children (with a woman's touch!)

Dr. Tamara L. Jones 5400 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 250, Plano, TX 75093 (972) 732-1400

Retainer Instructions

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retainers

  • Wear your retainers all the time while at home, unless the doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Take your retainers out when eating, and always put retainers in their case!
  • Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and dish soap or retainer cleaner. 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, with some types of retainers 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 if your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
  • Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacements are expensive, but with proper care they will last for many years!
  • Remove retainers when swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.

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