Retainer do’s & don’ts

A retainer is worn to hold your teeth in position while the gums and bones settle after tooth movement.

If you do not wear your retainers your teeth will move out of line.


Your retainers should be worn full-time except for eating and drinking for the first 2 weeks after fitting. The retainers should then be worn 10 hours a day, most patients wear them at night.

Please seat your retainer by pressing with your fingers. DO NOT bite into position as this will crack/break your retainer.

Your retainer should be intact and well-fitting to hold your teeth in position.

Avoid fizzy drinks, sports drinks and flavored water, including diet varieties, fruit juices and diluting juice whilst wearing your retainers. Still plain cold water is ok to drink with retainers in.


Tooth brushing is very important and should be done at least 3 times a day, and after eating if possible.Your toothbrush should be taken to school/work, or whenever you go out.

Take the retainer out to clean your teeth, gently brush the retainer after removing. Do not use toothpaste on your retainer and do not use hot water when cleaning your retainer. The retainer should be cleaned using Retainerbrite 1-2 times a week.

Do not repeatedly click your retainer in and out with your tongue as this will loosen the retainer and could result in your teeth moving out of position. For all contact sports a gum shield must be worn.


When the retainer is out of the mouth, it should be stored in a rigid plastic container. If your retainer breaks, is ill-fitting or is giving you prolonged discomfort, don’t wait for your next routine appointment, get in touch to arrange a visit as soon as possible.

If your retainer is broken and you fail to contact us to have it repaired/ replaced, your teeth may move. A charge will be made for replacement retainers.

You need to carry on seeing your regular dentist for checkups throughout your Orthodontic Treatment. Always bring your retainers to your orthodontic appointments.