Ansonia Location

  • 560 Main St. | Ansonia, CT 06401 |
  • (203) 735-7079

Southbury Location

  • 30 Quaker Farms Road | Southbury, CT 06488 |
  • (203) 262-4162

    Dr. Richard B. Kaplan

    Retainer Instructions

    retainers

    • Wear your retainers full time for the first six months, and thereafter every night.
    • 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 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 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 your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
    • Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
    • Retainer replacement is expensive; 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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