At Morgan Orthodontics in Lansdowne and Winchester, Virginia, our orthodontists, Dr. Kelly Morgan, Dr. Steve Garrett or Dr. Marie Coffelt and team want you to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment! Retainers are a phase of treatment and a crucial part of keeping your newly straightened smile looking great for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to read over our retainer instructions below or call us at 703-723-5900 (Lansdowne) or 540-667-5446 (Winchester).

  • You MUST wear your retainer for 8-10 hours per day (typically nighttime) or your teeth WILL MOVE!
  • Wear your retainers every night until you are 22 years old (or for the next 5 years if you are an adult) then 1 night a week after that (you should always have a retainer!)
  • Always bring your retainer to your appointments
  • Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Brushing retainers removes plaque from their surfaces and eliminates odors. Retainer Brite® can be used for a deeper clean, but always brush no matter what!
  • Do NOT boil your retainers or put them in the dishwasher
  • Keep retainers away from pets, animals like to eat retainers!
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call us! You have free, unlimited retainer checks if you feel there is an issue.
  • If your retainer is lost or broken, call us immediately
  • Take your retainer out when eating and always put it in its case! (The majority of appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants)
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its case, NOT in a paper towel or anywhere else.  Remember: FACE or CASE