Removable Retainers

Your Removable Retainer Options


Clear Transparent Plastic Retainers

What They Are
Clear plastic retainers are custom-made and molded to your teeth. They are nearly invisible and can be worn comfortably for a lifetime.


How Long You Should Wear Them
For the first week, you should wear your retainer at all times, removing it only to eat, drink, brush your teeth, and play contact sports. After the first week, you can switch to wearing your retainer only at night for a period of 2 years. Once the 2 years are up, you should wear your retainer every other night indefinitely.

How to Care for Them

  • Always remove your retainer from the sides, not the front.
  • Clean your retainer using a mild soap, not mouthwash or toothpaste.
  • You can also clean the retainer by soaking it in a mix of water and Listerine (half and half) for 1 hour.
  • You can use denture tablets to clean the retainer, but use only cold water.
  • Do not bend or squeeze your retainer. This can cause cracking and breaking.


Plastic and Metal Wire Retainers

What They Are
Plastic and metal retainers are custom-made. While they are easily visible, they are also comfortable to wear and can be used for a lifetime.

How Long You Should Wear Them
For the first 3-6 months, you should wear this retainer at all times, only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss, and play contact sports. After 6 months of full-time wear, you can wear the retainer every other night as long as possible.

How to Care for Them

  • Always remove your retainer from the sides, not the front.
  • Clean your retainer using a mild soap.
  • You can also clean the retainer by soaking it in a mix of water and Listerine (half and half) for 1 hour.
  • You can use denture tablets to clean the retainer.
  • No matter what cleaning method you choose, only use cold water.