Retainers and Appliances

The removable appliance is carefully designed to move or to hold your teeth. It is important that it is worn according to instructions and brought to each appointment.

Wear your appliance at all times, even while you are asleep. It may be removed while eating, swimming, or playing vigorous sports activities. In two or three days your speech will return to normal with the appliance in place. Avoid flipping your appliance with your tongue. This can cause damage to your teeth or breakage of your appliance.

Your new appliance may make your teeth sore for a day or two, especially after an adjustment. If you have a sore spot on your gums call our office at Macomb Office Phone Number 586-247-6453 so that we can adjust the appliance.

Clean your appliance by brushing it twice daily with toothpaste. Partial denture cleaner can also be used for a more thorough cleaning. Flossing should be done every day.

Never wrap your appliance in a paper napkin or tissue and set it down on the table or on your plate. You or someone else may throw it away. Don’t put it in your pocket without the case when playing or you may break or lose it. Whenever it is not in your mouth it should be in its plastic appliance case.

Keep your appliance away from dogs or cats as they love to chew on them. Avoid storing them near any source of heat. Do not set your retainer near any kitchen appliance that radiates heat (stove, oven, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker) or leave it locked up in a car in warm weather, or boil your retainer to sterilize it! If needed, bring it to the office and we will be happy to clean it for you.

An additional charge will be incurred for lost or broken appliances.