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Ira E. Goldberg, DMD

1044 Northern Boulevard
Suite 108
Roslyn, NY 11576

Ph. 516.484.1123
F. 516.484.1127

Goldberg Orthodontics

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About Braces

Retainer Instructions

  • Wear your retainers 24 hours a day seven days a week except for eating and brushing your teeth.
  • Whenyou take your retainers out to eat, put the retainers in their case. Never wrap them in a napkin or place them anywhere other than the case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean the retainers thoroughly twice a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use cold or luke-warm water. Never use hot or boiling water to clean the retainers (this will shrink them). Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors. Efferdent or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but these should not take the place of brushing the retainers.
  • When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Don’t leave them out around dogs or cats. Pets love to chew on them!
  • Initially,you may find it difficult to speak with the retainers in place. Practice speaking, reading, or singing aloud to get used to them faster.
  • Initially, there will be a lot of saliva produced because the body thinks the retainers are like food. Eventually this will disappear as well.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. Never place them in your pocket. 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 or playing contact sports.
  • Once again, remember to keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, the beach or pool, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.

American Association of Orthodontists Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics