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Appliance Instructions

Caring for Your Orthodontic Appliances

The orthodontic appliances used in your treatment may require special care. Follow the instructions below to properly care for your appliances.

Metal or Ceramic Braces

An oral hygiene routine that consists of brushing after meals and snacks, as well as daily flossing and mouthwash use, can protect metal and ceramic braces and eliminate food from becoming stuck within the brackets and underwires.

Invisible Braces

Invisible braces should be regularly brushed with a toothbrush and toothpaste to keep them clean. Store the aligners in their case when not in use to protect them from damage or becoming lost.


Retainers can easily be lost and are commonly thrown away by children and teens on accident. Patients should keep their retainer in its case when it is not worn to prevent these expensive accidents. Plaque and bacteria can build up on the retainer, affecting hygiene and fit as well as producing an undesirable odor. The retainer should be brushed with a soft toothbrush and gentle toothpaste that is free of sodium lauryl sulfate. Disinfect the retainer by soaking it in a denture cleanser or solution made specifically for retainers.

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