Retainers are FOR-E-VER

Congratulations on finishing treatment! You seriously look so good. Now that you could pretty much be a world famous tooth model, we want to keep your bite and teeth as perfect as they are right now. To accomplish this, your retainer must be worn every night for the first year, and then at least 3-4 nights per week for the rest of your life (FOR-E-VER). Please don't forget. Dr. Swapp will seriously cry if you do.


To keep your retainer awesome, please follow these instructions:

  1. When removing retainer be sure to apply equal pressure to both sides. Pulling on just one side can crack the retainer.

  2. Do not expose it to extreme heat (i.e. leaving in a hot car, putting in boiling water, or chewing on lava).

  3. Clean by brushing with a toothbrush and water or mouthwash. Soak in “retainer cleaner” as often as needed for any build-up that might appear (can purchase from Amazon).

  4. Keep retainer in the case provided when not your mouth. Do not wrap it in a napkin, or put it in your pocket. They are often thrown away or damaged.

  5. Keep away from house pets (fish are ok). They love retainer smell/taste. They will chew it to pieces, and can even chew through the case.

  6. Bonded retainers must be flossed like you did with braces.

  7. Please contact our office as soon as possible if retainers are lost, broken, or do not fit properly.