Dr. Paula Baby & Dr. Jaime Rojas

Technology & knowledge combined to create beautiful, healthy smiles


Retainer Instructions


  • Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Take your retainers out when eating, and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with toothbrush and warm water. You may use mouthwash if you wish. Use warm but not hot water. If your retainer develops a build-up, you may use vinegar and warm water to help remove the debris or other cleaning solutions such as Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners. These other cleaners can be used but do not take the place of brushing. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors and is a very important part of the maintenance of your retainer. We advise against using toothpaste to clean your clear retainer as it may cause hairline scratches, which over time can make your retainer appear “cloudy”
  • 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, call us. 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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