Tips & Tricks to Remember to Wear Your Retainer

Getting your braces off is an exciting milestone! When you finish your orthodontic treatment, whether braces or clear aligners, it is a moment to celebrate. However, don’t get carried away and forget about your retention plan. Read more for our best retainer tips and tricks!

Why retainers matter

Orthodontic appliances work by moving teeth through bone with careful and precise pressure. After treatment, your teeth are more likely to shift around. Retainers are essential to make sure that your dazzling smile stays in place. Follow our orthodontists’ instructions to ensure you have a beautiful, healthy smile for life. You put in so much work throughout treatment—don’t let your perfectly aligned bite and teeth regress!

Tips for great retainer habits 

We know how easy it can be to forget to wear retainers. We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to keep your smile on track.

  • Keep your retainer in a visible spot: Choose one visible spot, like your nightstand, and always keep your retainer there in its case. For kids who need to bring their retainer to school, have them place their retainer in its case on the table during mealtimes. Retainers can easily be thrown away if left under a napkin or on a lunch tray. 
  • Create a reminder: Make your retainer part of your nighttime routine. Place a note on your mirror, so you never forget to pop it in before bed. For kids, purchase some stickers and a calendar. They can put a sticker on each day they wear their retainer.
  • Use an app: More and more technology is integrated into our lives, so why not use it to its full potential? Having a notification pop up or scheduling an alarm can be a big help as you get into the habit of wearing your retainer. Set your retainer reminder for 30 minutes before you go to bed—just don’t hit the snooze button!
  • Ask a family member to remind you: Never be afraid to ask for help! If you are having trouble remembering your retainer, ask your roommate or family members to remind you. This will help you stay accountable and keep that smile healthily aligned.

Have you forgotten your retainer too often? Ask about our Smile Envy 3D treatment for quick and easy smile touch-ups. When you call us, our experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have about posttreatment care or new treatment options.

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