Retainer Instructions

Congratulations on reaching this stage of your orthodontic journey! Retainers are a crucial part of maintaining the beautiful results achieved through your treatment. At Vista Orthodontics, we’re committed to ensuring you have all the information you need to care for your retainer and maintain your new smile. Here are comprehensive instructions on retainer care and oral hygiene, along with advice on potential replacement.

Caring for
Your Retainer

  • Clean Regularly: Clean your retainer every day to prevent plaque buildup and odors. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and lukewarm water. Avoid hot water, as it can warp the retainer. For a deeper clean, use a mild dish soap or a cleaner specifically designed for retainers; avoid using toothpaste, as it can be abrasive.
  • Storage: When not in your mouth, keep your retainer in its case. This protects it from damage and loss. Never wrap your retainer in a napkin or tissue; it can easily be thrown away by mistake. Remember, dogs and pets love chewing on retainers, so keep it stored and hidden away!
  • Avoid Heat: High temperatures can warp your retainer. Keep it away from hot water, car dashboards, and any other heat sources.
  • Don’t Eat While Wearing Your Retainer: Unless instructed otherwise, remove your retainer before eating to avoid damaging it.

Oral Hygiene with a Retainer

  • Brush and Floss: Continue to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. For the best oral health, brush your teeth before reinserting your retainer.
  • Rinse Your Retainer Before Placing It Back in Your Mouth: 
This helps remove any lingering bacteria or plaque.

Potential Replacement

Under normal circumstances, your retainer should last for many years. Replacement retainers can be expensive, so be sure to take care of your retainer and be careful where you leave it.

  • Wear and Tear: Over time, your retainer may wear out or become damaged. If you notice cracks, bends, or it no longer fits properly, contact us for a replacement.
  • Growth and Changes: As you grow or if your dental alignment changes, your retainer may need to be adjusted or replaced to ensure it continues to maintain the alignment of your teeth effectively.
  • Lost Retainers: If you lose your retainer, contact us immediately to get a replacement. The longer your teeth go without the retainer, the more likely they are to shift.

Retainers are your lifelong partners in maintaining your orthodontic results. Proper care and maintenance of your retainer are essential for keeping your smile straight and beautiful. If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or if you need a replacement, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Vista Orthodontics. We’re here to support you in every phase of your orthodontic care, ensuring your smile remains perfect for years to come.