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Thomas L. Munholland, DDS

Amr. Assn. of Orthodontists

18860 East Hampden Avenue
Aurora, CO 80013

TEL: (303) 680-4200
FAX: (303) 680-4155

  • There are many types of retainers that can be used, depending on each individual patient's needs.
  • Unless otherwise instructed, retainers should be worn every night
  • 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 these 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! Keep the retainer cases out of the "reach" of pets!
  • DO NOT boil or wash retainers in hot water — they can warp. If retainers are lost or damaged, call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, call us.
  • Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacement is expensive...with proper care they will last for years!
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.
  • Teeth can shift throughout life, so retainers will likely need to be worn indefinitely. Most patients are able to reduce weartime eventually to one night per week, but do not do so until instructed. If you have been without your retainer(s) for a prolonged period of time and they don't fit well, you should wear them full time for several days until fitting well again, then back to nights only. If the problem persists, call our office.