Always wear your retainer
Your orthodontist will give you specific instructions on how often you should be wearing your retainer, but most patients are required to wear it eight hours each night.
Keep retainers away from hot surfaces
Your retainer is effective because your orthodontist has molded it to fit your mouth precisely, but that also means that your retainer can easily change form if it were to come into contact with a hot surface. A retainer that doesn’t fit is uncomfortable and can affect the alignment of your teeth. Be sure to keep it away from hot water and washing machines, and don’t leave it in a hot vehicle.
Clean your retainer regularly
Brushing your retainer is just as important as brushing your teeth on a daily basis. Cleaning your retainer allows you to remove much of the food debris left over that could potentially harm your teeth. We recommend that you brush your retainer once a day with a separate toothbrush and liquid hand soap and then rinse thoroughly.
Keep retainers away from pets
Pets often look at retainers as chew toys, so be sure to keep it out of reach of any dogs, cats or other animals you may have at home! They can easily grab hold of your retainer and chew it to a point where it no longer fits your teeth.