Haney Orthodontics San Anselmo patient after finishing treatment

Maintaining Beautiful Smiles in Marin County

Haney Orthodontics is proud to offer a wide variety of professional orthodontic services and treatments for our San Rafael and San Anselmo, CA area patients. To help you maintain your beautiful new smile, a retainer is required. Wearing your retainers as instructed is very important. Here are four tips to effective retainer use:

Wear It

For two months, your retainer must be worn at all times except when you eat and when you brush your teeth. You might be challenged to speak clearly in the beginning, but this won't last long. Within a few days, you will be able to speak normally and no one may even notice the retainer you are wearing. After the second month, your retainer should be worn during sleep every night for at least two years and until 21 years of age. Your retainer must be worn at least three nights per week forever!

Keep It Clean

Brush your retainer with cool water and toothpaste every day. Soak it in a dental cleanser or mouthwash periodically to keep it fresh. Never place your retainer in hot water, as it may become distorted and require replacement.

Don’t Lose Or Break It

The easiest way to avoid losing the retainer is simply by keeping it in your mouth. It should always be worn as instructed or placed safely in the case provided. When these rules are not followed, the retainer can be lost, sat on, or thrown away. There will be additional charges to replace lost or broken retainers. Please call us immediately at (415) 453-7880 if you need a replacement so your teeth aren't given a chance to move.

Don’t Adjust It Yourself

If, for any reason, the retainers don't fit properly, contact Haney Orthodontics right away for an appointment. We can adjust it for you! Retainers are delicate appliances; do not try to adjust them yourself.

Keep Regular Visits To Your San Rafael Orthodontist!

Here at Haney Orthodontics, we want to give our Marin County patients a smile they are proud to show off for years to come. After all, a smile is the best thing a person can wear! With our wide variety of orthodontic services and treatments, we specialize in creating and maintaining happy and beautiful smiles. It’s important to keep regular visits to your San Anselmo, CA orthodontist to retain your new smile, so contact us or request your appointment today!