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Useful information about your retainer

Once your braces are removed, Gerald D. Pionek, D.D.S., s.c. will often give you upper and lower retainers, which may be removable or fixed depending on your specific situation. These retainers will help hold your teeth in their new, corrected positions after your braces straightened them.


It is critical that you wear your retainer at all times. Faithful wear of your retainer means you will enjoy the benefit of your braces for a long time to come. Just remember that even with full adherence to your retainer regimen, some small movement of your teeth is normal and to be expected.

Tips on making the most of your retainer

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  • Always bring your retainer to your orthodontic checkups

  • Don't put your retainer in your pocket where you might sit on it and break it

  • If your lower retainer is bonded behind your teeth, it can be broken and become detached if you aren't careful

  • If your retainer breaks or something happens to it, contact our office right away and bring in any parts with you

  • Keep your retainer clean: brush your teeth without your retainer in and brush your retainer with toothpaste and water

  • Keep your retainer in at all times, unless you are eating, brushing, flossing, or engaged in sports or other vigorous activities

  • Never boil your retainer or put it in hot water

  • Take your retainer out if you go swimming so that it doesn't accidentally fall out

  • When eating, don't fold your retainer in a napkin or leave it on the table at a restaurant