preserving Your new smile with retainers
Congratulations on getting your braces off! Seeing your new smile is exciting and you should feel proud of your accomplishment. It is important to understand that you must protect your hard work and investment. Teeth tend to shift naturally as you age unless they are properly maintained with wearing orthodontic retainers. Dr. Rucker will select the best type of retainers for you and give instructions on proper wear so that your new smile will last a lifetime.
- Wear your retainers full-time, day and night, until Dr. Rucker instructs otherwise.
- Brush your retainers at least twice daily with a toothbrush and warm water, morning and night along with brushing your teeth.
- NEVER put your retainers in hot or boiling water.
- When retainers are not in your mouth they should always be in a retainer case.
- It's best to rinse your retainers with water before storing them in a case.
- Retainers are most commonly thrown away by mistake during lunch or eaten by pets.
- Retainers are breakable and may be costly to replace, so treat them with care.
- Never try to adjust your retainers yourself as this will likely cause permanent damage.
- With proper wear and maintenance your retainers should last years.
- Call us immediately if you lose or break your retainers.
- Always remember to bring your retainers to your appointments
*Do NOT boil - Do NOT use hot water - Do NOT place in dishwasher
4 Ways to Clean Your Retainers
Keep your retainers clean and odor free by soaking for 20-30 minutes in the solution of your choice. Any of these methods effectively kills odor causing germs and helps keep your retainers clean and smelling fresh.
- Vinegar + Water: 3 parts vinegar to 1 part warm water.
- Baking Soda + Water: 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 cup warm water.
- Hydrogen Peroxide + Water: 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide to 1/2 cup warm water.
- Retainer Brite: retainer cleaning tablet.