Ballrick Orthodontics
Orthodontists,
James W. Ballrick, DDS, MS
John W. Ballrick, DDS, MSD

Fairview Park Office
20800 Westgate
#518
Fairview Park, OH 44126

Phone: 440-331-5450
Fax: 440-331-8146

Westlake Office
29099 Health Campus Drive
#300
Westlake, OH 44145

Phone: 440-835-6113
Fax: 440-835-4344

Retainers

  • Wear your retainers every day, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Take your retainers out when eating...and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean retainers 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 these do not take the place of brushing.
  • When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing aloud to get used to them faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
  • Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacement is expensive...with proper care they will last for years!
  • Remove retainers when swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.

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