You’ve Made It to the Finish Line

Retainer Instructions

You’ve worked hard to achieve your goal of a beautiful, healthy smile! Thank you for choosing Sturgill Orthodontics to share in this exciting time in your life.

However, your job isn’t quite over. Once we remove your braces, we will move into the retention stage of your treatment.

Follow Your Retainer Instructions

To maintain your excellent result, you need to follow your retainer instructions from Dr. Sturgill and Dr. Williams. This is key to the success of the entire orthodontic process!

Your retention phase will last for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far.

An orthodontic retainer is a commitment, but it’s easy.

Follow these simple instructions to maintain your confident smile:

Wear your retainers whenever you are at home unless we tell you otherwise.

  • You can remove them to eat and brush your teeth.
  • Also, remove them to swim or play contact sports.

Make sure you bring your retainer to your follow-up appointments.

  • We need to see you with your retainer to make sure it fits correctly.

Keep your retainer case with you.

  • Keep your retainers safe when you remove them by always placing them in your case.
  • Replacements are expensive.

Clean your retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and warm but not hot water.

  • Brushing retainers removes plaque and eliminates odors.

You may have a little trouble speaking while wearing your retainer at first, but it just takes a little practice.

  • Try talking, reading, or singing out loud with your retainer inside your mouth to adjust quickly.

If you break or lose your retainer, call us right away.

  • If you aren’t wearing retainers, your teeth will quickly begin to move.

An orthodontic retainer can warp and break easily.

  • Keep your retainers away from hot water, hot cars, your pockets, the washing machine, dryers, and napkins.
  • Treat them with care, and they’ll last.