Retainer Instructions


  • Wear your retainer all the time except when Dr. Nadeau says it is okay to remove it.
  • When eating, remove your retainer and always place it back in its case! (The majority of appliances are misplaced in school lunchrooms or eateries).
  • Use a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean the retainer twice a day. Warm, but not hot, water should be used. Brushing retainers reduces plaque and neutralizes smells. Although Efferdent® and other orthodontic appliance cleansers may be used, they do not take the place of brushing.
  • When not in use, your retainer should ALWAYS be in its case. Pets have a special talent for finding and chewing on them!
  • You may find it difficult to talk at first. To get acclimated to it quicker, practice speaking, reading, or singing aloud.
  • Retainers are fragile, so handle them with care. If your retainer is misplaced or damaged, please contact us right away.
  • Call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your retainer, or if you feel it needs to be adjusted. Do not attempt to apply your own adjustments please.
  • Bring your retainer to all of your appointments.
  • Replacement retainers are costly, but with careful care, you can keep your same retainer for years!
  • When you go swimming, take your retainer out.
  • Avoid placing retainers in hot water, heated vehicle dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, or napkins.