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Important Advice for Retainer Care


  • Some tenderness in the first few days is normal.
  • Getting used to having the retainer in your mouth may take a few weeks.
  • If an ulcer develops on the gums under the retainer please contact the practice – the retainer may need adjustment.


  • It is very important to clean your teeth well before wearing the retainer. To avoid decay it is recommended to clean your teeth three times a day and to use disclosing tablets and mouthwash as recommended.
  • You may thoroughly brush the retainer with your toothbrush and toothpaste each time you clean your teeth. Do not use toothpaste on a clear ESSIX retainer as it will stain.
  • To disinfect and soften build-up on any retainer it can be soaked in a solution such as Retainerbrite following manufacturers’ instructions.


  • Wear the retainers as prescribed by your orthodontist –

please follow these instructions well, whether you are wearing fulltime or part time.

  • Unwanted movements of the teeth may occur if wear has been insufficient. This may have financial implications to correct.
  • All breakages, loss or problems (e.g. problems with fit) should

be reported immediately to the surgery. Repairing or replacing the retainers may have financial implications.

  • Use a container to keep the retainer in when it is not in your mouth to minimise loss or breakage.
  • Keep retainers away from heat sources or hot water.
  • If you have a bonded (fixed) retainer: avoid hard or sticky foods when eating and use Superfloss to clean in between the teeth.

It is your responsibility to keep your teeth straight by making sure you follow the above.

If you follow the above guidelines and the instructions you received you will have something to smile about!!!