Frequently Asked Questions - Retainer Wear and Use

How can I clean my retainer?
How long will I have to wear my retainer?
If I don't wear my retainers, what will happen?
What happens if I lose or break my retainer?

How can I clean my retainer?

If you have a standard retainer (not clear), then simply brush the retainer when you brush your teeth. If you have an Essix retainer (clear), then clean the retainer also by brushing, but do not use toothpaste as this will make the retainer look cloudy. For both types of retainers, you should soak your retainer in a denture cleaner at least once a week.

Never put your retainer in hot or boiling water to clean it as this will distort and/or melt the retainer. Never put your retainer in the dishwasher. It will definitely melt.

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How long will I have to wear my retainer?

You will probably wear your retainer for between two and four years. You spent a number of months getting your teeth in place with braces, now you have to make sure that result stabilizes by wearing your retainers. As the retention phase of your treatment progresses, you will wear your retainers fewer hours per week.

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If I don't wear my retainers, what will happen?

If you do not wear your retainers as prescribed, your teeth will move. Such movement may require retreatment at an extra charge to you.

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What happens if I lose or break my retainer?

Should you lose or break one of your retainers, please call the office at 978-256-2526. We will schedule an appointment with the orthodontist. Broken retainers may require a repair rather than a total replacement.

There is a charge for replacement retainers.

If you do require a replacement retainer, we will need to schedule two appointments, each equally important. The first appointment will be to take an impression of your teeth so that we may fabricate a new retainer. The second appointment is to fit the retainer. As with your first retainer(s), the replacement retainer(s) need to be fitted to the teeth by the orthodontist.

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