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"A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime."
"One of the best things in life is seeing a SMILE on a person’s face and knowing that you put it there."
"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."- Phyllis Diller
"Smile, it’s the key that fits the lock of everyone’s heart."- Anthony J. D’Angelo
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Retainer Instructions


  • Your retainers are custom designed to hold your teeth in their corrected positions and must be worn properly to prevent movement of the teeth back to their old positions.  Think of the retainers as "tooth pajamas" as they need to be worn 8 to 10 hours each day, usually at night.
  • Take your retainer out when eating, and always put it back in its case! (Most retainers are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste.  Use warm but not hot water.  Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors.  Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but do not take the place of brushing.
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its 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 it faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care.  If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call us.  Do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacements are expensive, but with proper care they will last for years!
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.
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