An Orthodontic retainer is an oral appliance which is used to hold the teeth stable and in alignment. Retainers are used after orthodontic treatment is completed. Retainers need to be worn for upper and lower teeth.
Retainers are designed to help ensure that your wonderful smile and all the beautifully aligned teeth stay exactly that way and do not shift or change (relapse).
Most patients are required to wear their retainer(s) 24/7; all day and all night except while eating or brushing. After 3 – 4 months usually retainers are instructed to be worn every night (8 hrs / day) for a LIFETIME!
There are three types of retainers typically prescribed by orthodontists and dentists: Hawley, Essix, and Bonded (Fixed) retainers


• Wear your retainers full time (22 hrs./day) unless Dr. Velasco or Dr. Dongieux instructs otherwise.
• Take your retainers out when eating and brushing your teeth.
• ALWAYS place retainers in the retainer case provided to you. Very commonly retainers are misplaced at school and in restaurants when wrapped in a napkin instead of using the retainer case.
• Clean retainers thoroughly at least twice a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. You can soak them in mouth rinse for 10 minutes a day. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors.
• When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Keep your retainer case away from small children and pets.
• Initially, you may find it difficult to speak and feel more saliva than usual in your mouth.
• Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
• Remove retainers if you will be practicing high contact sports as well as activities in the water, like swimming.
• Always bring your retainers to your appointments, so Dr. Velasco or Dr. Dongieux can check their fit and adjust them if necessary.
• Retainer replacement is expensive…with proper care they will last for years!!!.
• If you want your teeth Straight Forever…. You will have to wear your Retainers Forever!.
If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers please call our office at (504) 333-6353.

D&V Smiles Team!