Congratulations on completing your orthodontic treatment! Your Hawley retainer plays a crucial role in maintaining your newly aligned teeth. Here are some essential instructions to ensure its effectiveness and longevity. Wear for at least 12 hours per day. This is to be worn till your adult teeth grow into your smile.

Cleaning

After removing your retainer, gently brush it with a soft toothbrush and mild soap to remove any plaque or debris. Avoid using hot water, as it can warp the retainer. Rinse thoroughly with cold water before placing it back in your mouth.

Storage

When not in use, store your retainer in its protective case. Keep it away from heat and direct sunlight to prevent warping. Keep your appliance out of reach from dogs as they will find them and chew them.

Eating

You can remove your appliance when eating and pop it straight back in afterwards.

Sports

If you play contact sports you should take out your retainer while you are playing and wear a gum shield.

Storage

When your retainer is not in your mouth it should be kept in your safety box that has been provided. If placed in a tissue or in your pocket it may be lost or broken.

Speech

It will take some time to get used to wearing your appliance. At the beginning you may find your speech is affected. This is normal and will go away once you get used to speaking with it in.

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