Removable upper retainers

Your retainer is a vital stage of your orthodontic treatment and must be worn exactly as instructed. The teeth have a ‘memory’ and for a few months after treatment may tend to return to where they came from. Your retainer will prevent this.

Initially you will have to wear the retainer full time except for eating, tooth brushing, swimming and playing active sport. When swimming or playing active sport, leave the retainer safely in the box provided.

Cleaning instructions

After eating, remove the retainer and:

  1. Brush your teeth and gums especially where they are covered by the retainer.
  2. Brush the plate with toothbrush and toothpaste.

Never use boiling water to clean your retainer.


  • Chewing gum, sticky sweets. Minimise cakes, sweet biscuits and lollies.
  • Do not move the retainer up and down with your tongue.

At first

  • You will have difficulty eating and talking and you will experience an increase in saliva flow.
  • This will pass in a couple of days providing the retainer is worn as directed.

Replacement retainers

  • You will be charged for replacement retainers, so treat it with care.
  • If you have any problems which make it difficult to wear the retainer, advise the surgery immediately.

Your dentist

  • If you have just had braces removed, visit your dentist as soon as possible so that he may examine your teeth and gums.
  • You must continue your regular visits to your dentist every 6 months or so, during and after the retention period.