KELLIE'S ORTHODONTIC LAB, INC
PO Box 909
Oakhurst OKĀ  74050
(918)446-4161
kelliesortholab@cox.net
Instructions for acrylic appliances

 

GUIDELINES FOR DENTAL APPLIANCES

(1) Wear as your dentist/orthodontist has instructed. This is very important to ensure excellent results!

(2) When not in your mouth, keep it in the case. Do not leave in a hot car, as it will distort.

Do not wear when eating, chewing gum, playing sports or swimming. Do not drink any hot beverages with appliances in place. Keep appliances from getting hot as they will distort and not fit correctly.

(3) Clean appliance with a soft toothbrush and liquid hand soap with cool water.

(A) Do not use toothpaste as it contains abrasives that will scratch the acrylic (plastic) and cause it to breakdown.

(B) Do not soak in mouthwash, bleach, alcohol or peroxide. All these contain drying agents or other chemicals that will harm the acrylic.

(C) You may soak your appliance in Efferdent Denture Cleaner or Retainer Brite retainer cleaner. Soak for about 10-15 minutes. Do not soak for longer periods of time.

(4) Appliances are fragile. They are made from acrylic (plastic) and/or wires. They will break or crack if mistreated. Appliances are expensive, but are well made and will last you a lifetime if properly maintained. Do not put in pockets or bottom of purses. It will get broken. Put back in the retainer case when not in use. Do not wrap in a paper napkin. It will get thrown away. If your appliance does break or a wire gets bent, discontinue use and contact your dentist. Bring your appliance with you to your appointment. If you lose your appliance, contact your dentist immediately to get a replacement.

(5) When wearing your appliance, do not "click" or "flip" it up and down. This will loosen it and will cause the wires to bend. You will then need to come back and have it adjusted to fit correctly. Do not use the wires to remove the appliance from your mouth. This is also a way to bend the wires. Never turn your appliance on its side and bite down on it. You will eventually break it and have to have a replacement made.

(6) It is very important to wear your appliance as instructed by your dentist. Remember to always bring it with you to your appointment. Remember to make good habits and you will save time and money on costly repairs and remakes! If you have any questions or concerns, always call your dentist/orthodontist! Take care of your appliance and it will take care of you!

 

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