3 Noreen Avenue, Upper Claremont, 7700
Cape Town, South Africa

Tel: 021 761 4176
Fax: 021 797 0365
Email: shabortho@gmail.com

Retainer Instructions

Taking Care of your Retainer:

 

  • Wear your retainer full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Take your retainer out when eating, and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean retainers thoroughly everyday with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odours. Orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but should not replace brushing.
  • When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
  • Initially, you 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, contact our practice. 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 years!
  • Remove retainers when swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.

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