Once you complete your active orthodontic treatment, we will continue to see you in the retention phase of the treatment for a minimum of one year. Keep in mind that the retention phase is just as important as the active phase. You need to wear your retainers to preserve and stabilize the results to limit potential changes in your tooth position.

Retainers are an important part to orthodontic treatment; as a person grows, their teeth naturally shift position. A retainer will help reduce the amount of natural shifting that occurs and help keep that beautifully worked for smile in place.

How To Care For Your Retainer

  • Remove your retainer before brushing your teeth.
  • Brush the retainer with a soft brush before putting it back in your mouth. Some retainers may be able to be soaked in a cleanser to help keep them germ free; ask your orthodontist if yours can be soaked.
  • Keep the retainer away from pets that may want to eat them. Puppies, dogs, rabbits, and more all have the tendency to gnaw on things like plastic, which makes your retainers the perfect chew toy for such pets. When the retainer is not in your mouth, keep it in its clean case and up away from reach of animals.
  • Always keep it in the case and never wrap it in a napkin. All too often, the retainers that get wrapped up in a napkin for “safe keeping” get tossed out with the trash. Retainers are an important part of your orthodontic treatment, keep them safe so you can wear them regularly.


Have more questions about how often to wear your retainer? Or how to care for it and keep it clean? Feel free to contact us with all your retention questions!