Oh happy day! Your braces just came off and you can’t wait to take a bite of an apple again. You were so excited and busy taking selfies that you forgot everything we told you about your retainers. No worries, here are the highlights:
Wear them full time unless eating or brushing your teeth until told to only wear at night
When you take them out to brush, clean your retainers by brushing them with a toothbrush or using a Q-tip. We like unscented liquid hand soap because some toothpastes can stain clear retainers. You can also soak them in Retainer Brite or Efferdent Fresh Guard solutions but no mouthwash (it will turn them green). Retainers build up crud just like your teeth do and will get grimy in no time if not cleaned properly.
When eating, never put them in a napkin and put them on your tray or plate. They will get thrown away and nobody likes dumpster diving to look for a lost retainer
Keep them away from your dog and cat. They don’t make a good chew toy but your dog or cat would love to test them out for you.
Make sure you bring them to all retainer check appointments. It’s hard to check a retainer when it’s at home in your drawer.