Retainers and Positioners


  • Dr. Newhart may recommend a positioner as part of your retention program.
  • Follow Dr. Newhart’s instructions for wearing the positioner to achieve the best results.
  • Typically, positioners should be worn for a minimum of 10 hours per day.
  • Unless instructed otherwise, you don’t need to wear the positioner outside your house.
  • Soften the positioner by placing it in hot water (not boiling) before putting it in your mouth.
  • If you need larger air holes in the positioner, contact our office for adjustments.
  • Clean your positioner after each use by brushing and maintaining proper hygiene.

Removable Retainers

  • Dr. Newhart will recommend one of two types of retainers for your long-term retention program. It’s important to wear your retainer as instructed by Dr. Newhart.
  • Each patient has different retention requirements, so it’s crucial to follow Dr. Newhart’s instructions for optimal results.
  • Unless told otherwise, wear your retainers full-time after your braces are removed.
  • During the initial stages of retention, keep your retainers either in your mouth or in their case to keep them safe. Many appliances are lost in places like school lunchrooms or restaurants.
  • Thoroughly clean your retainers once a day using a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm water, but avoid hot water. Brushing removes plaque and eliminates odors. Orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used in addition to brushing but should not replace it.
  • Speaking may be challenging initially. Practice speaking, reading, or singing aloud to adjust to your retainers faster.
  • Handle your retainers with care, as they can break. If you lose or break your retainers, contact us immediately.
  • Do not attempt to adjust the retainers yourself. Call us for any necessary adjustments.
  • Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacement can be costly, so take good care of them to make them last for years.
  • Remove retainers when swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, car dashboards, pockets, washing machines, and napkins.