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You and Retainers
1. The removable appliance is carefully designed to move or to hold your teeth. It is important that it is worn according to instructions and brought to each appointment.
2. Wear your appliance at all times, even while you are asleep unless otherwise recommended by Dr. Ritoli. It may be removed while eating, swimming, or playing vigorous sports activities. In two or three days, your speech will return to normal with the appliance in place. Avoid flipping your appliance with your tongue. This can cause damage to your teeth or breakage of your appliance.
3. Your new appliance may make your teeth sore for a day or two, especially after an adjustment. If you have a sore spot on your gums, call our office so that we can adjust the appliance.
4. Clean your appliance by brushing it daily with toothpaste. Retainer Bright can also be used for a more thorough cleaning. If you are wearing a bonded wire retainer behind your front teeth, be extra careful to clean the wire and the area around it. Flossing should be done every day.
5. Never wrap your appliance in a paper napkin or tissue and set it down on the table. You or someone else may throw it away. Don't put it on your pocket when playing or you may break or lose it. Whenever it is not in your mouth, it should be in its plastic appliance case.
6. Keep your appliance away from dogs or cats, as they love to chew on them. Avoid storing them near any source of heat. Do not boil your retainer to sterilize it! If needed, bring it to our office and we will be happy to disinfect it for you. Do not soak your retainers in mouthwash.
7. An additional charge will be incurred for lost or broken appliances. Please bring your retainers to all appointments.