Retainer Instructions

Dr. Phelps & Cohen | Dr. Orthodontics

San Jose, CA


Retainer Instructions


  • Wear your retainer at all times, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Take your retainer out when eating, and always put it back in its case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
  • Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers remove the plaque and eliminate odors. Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but do not take the place of brushing.
  • When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should ALWAYS be in its case. Pets love to chew on them!
  • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to it faster.
  • Retainers are breakable, so treat yours with care. If your retainer gets lost or broken, call us immediately.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainer, or you believe it needs adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust it yourself.
  • Always bring your retainer to your appointments.
  • Retainer replacements are expensive, but with proper care, they will last for years!
  • Remove your retainer when you go swimming.
  • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.

Remember, there is a fee to replace lost or broken retainers!

Working Hours

MONDAY : 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY : 8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

THURSDAY : 8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

*1st Friday of each month: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

*3rd Friday of each month: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1 pm – 4:30 pm

*2nd Saturday of each month: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

*These dates are subject to change due to holidays and doctor availability.


Contact Details

Phelps & Cohen Orthodontics

2075 Forest Avenue, Ste. #2, San Jose, CA, 95128

4082983433 | 408-298-6304 | [email protected]

Working Hours

*1st Friday of each month: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

*3rd Saturday of each month: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

*These dates are subject to change due to holidays and doctor availability.


Contact Details

Phelps & Cohen Orthodontics

3151 S White Road, Ste #104, San Jose, CA 95148

408-298-3433 | 408-298-6304 | [email protected]