Types of retainers we use


At Nirenblatt Orthodontics, we offer both removable and fixed "permanent" retainers and can help if you need new ones.

If you have a fixed "permanent" retainer and are having problems with it, we can repair or replace it depending on its condition.

If you want a fixed retainer instead of a removeable retainer, we can evaluate you to see if you are a candidate. Much will depend on your bite and oral hygiene.

Retainers hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened and require lifelong wear. Dr. Nirenblatt will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.

Retainer Instructions


  • Wear your retainer at all times, until Dr. N instructs otherwise.
  • Take your retainer out when eating, and always put it back in its case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean your retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but do not take the place of brushing.
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its case. Pets love to chew on them!
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to it faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacements are expensive, but with proper care they will last for years!
  • Remove your retainer when you go swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.
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