Orthodontic Retainers

Congratulations, you have reached

a milestone in your orthodontic treatment.

Our patients begin the retention period of their orthodontic care when braces are removed. This phase is both exciting and extremely important. A period of time is needed to stabilize the entire mouth once the teeth have been moved into their desired positions. Up to this point, it has been a team effort, but now the retention phase is up to YOU.


What to Expect

Initially, your retainers may feel bulky and somewhat affect your speech. In a few days, once the tongue adapts, your speech will return to normal. The day after you receive your retainers, your teeth may feel a bit sore. This will resolve quickly with continuous wear.

To Maintain a Beautiful Smile:

  • Wear your retainers as prescribed
  • Do not let your retainers get damaged or bent (“In the case, or your face”). If you experience prolonged irritation of the gums, lips, cheeks, or tongue, do not attempt to adjust the retainer yourself, but call for an appointment. If your retainer is damaged, call immediately for an appointment.
  • Do not leave your retainer within reach of pets.
  • Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush. Use cold, not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors.
  • Visit your general dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.


  • ALWAYS bring your retainers to your appointments so that we can check the fit and make any necessary adjustments..
  • If you do not wear your retainers as instructed, your teeth WILL MOVE. If you miss a night, wear your retainer full time. Make sure your retainer is completely in, this may cause your teeth to be sore, but they should realign. If they don’t, or if your retainer is lost or broken, please call us immediately.
  • You will be asked to return periodically during your retention supervision phase of treatment for approximately two years. During this time, you will be instructed as to when it is appropriate to wear your retainers only at night. If you miss a few nights, wear the retainers full time, and make sure to seat them completely. Your teeth may be a little sore but should realign in a short period of time. If they do not, call for an appointment.
  • It is recommended that your retainers be saved following the completion of retention supervision. This way, they may be worn at night on an “as necessary” basis INDEFINITELY to minimize any potential for future undesirable tooth movement.

Consider enrolling in our Retainer Insurance Program to cover any lost or damaged retainers. Otherwise, please note there is a charge to replace them.