Retainer wear is an extremely important part of maintaining your smile. We want you to think of your new smile as an investment. Long term retainer wear is an essential part of maintaining your new smile. Research shows that even years after your teeth have settled into their straight position, they can still move as part of the natural process of aging. Dr. Emerson uses many types of retainers depending on the type of correction you receive and how well your teeth are kept clean during treatment. Consistent, nightly wear of your retainer will ensure that fantastic smile for the rest of your life.

Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and Anti-bacterial mouthwash such as Listerine. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Efferdent or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but do not take the place of brushing. If you notice hard, white build-up in your retainers, soaking retainers for 1 hours in a solution of 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar is effective.



I. Thou shall not eat with your retainers in your mouth
II. Thou shall not chew gum with retainers
III. Thou shall not place your retainers anywhere except in their case. Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants. NO NAPKINS!
IV. Thou shall not let your pets near your retainers.
V. Thou shall not sound normal when you speak the first 2 weeks. Practice talking!
VI. Thou shall not damage your retainers. Take them in and out as instructed.
VII. Thou shall not allow your teeth to move. Call if retainers are lost, broken, or just not fitting correctly.
VIII. Thou shall not try to adjust retainers.
IX. Thou shall not come to appointments without your retainer.
X. Thou shall get new retainers in the future. Only God is eternal!


Now that you’ve finished orthodontic treatment and are enjoying your beautiful new smile, you may be thinking all your work is over.

Think again

That may sound daunting, but it is not as tough as you think.

In response to needs of patients over the years, Emerson Orthodontics has decided to offer the retainer club.

The retainer club is a revolutionary retainer protocol to help you protect your investment FOREVER. We want you to smile with confidence for the rest of your life, and we will eliminate all possible excuses and barriers to help you achieve that goal. However, this guarantee comes with some very simple guidelines, as follows:

Instead of the gooey mold, a cutting edge, 3D scan will be taken of your mouth to create a printed resin model of your teeth in their perfect position, for you to take home, along with 2 sets of retainers. Proper wear of your retainers and proper care and storage of your models are essential to your lifetime guarantee.

Wear your removable retainer(s) full time if instructed. For most patients that is a very short time. This is ridiculously easy! No excuses!

Once you are given permission to switch to “night-time only wear” of your removable retainers, you need to wear them while you sleep FOREVER! Your body will undergo changes for the rest of your life, and your teeth will move, if you stop sleeping in your retainers. Don’t let that happen!

If you lose or break your retainers, first, start using the back-up set you were given on your models, and then call our office to set up an appointment for your new back-up retainers to be made. Simply bring your 3D model in that day, and we will happily make you new, clear retainers on your existing models FREE OF CHARGE-FOREVER! GUARANTEED!

There are really only four reasons why retainers could not be made on your existing models:

  • You don’t wear your retainers as instructed, and your teeth move.
  • You don’t bring your models in right away after you lose or break your retainers and your teeth move.*
  • You have significant dental work done
  • You lose or damage models

*Additional orthodontic treatment may be required in order to align teeth prior to scanning for new retainers. This treatment will incur additional costs outside the fee for the retainer club or additional scanning.

If we need to take a new scan of your teeth to have retainers made, you will be charged our cost for this procedure, which is $150.00 per arch ($300 for upper and lower). If you do pay for a new scan to be done, your 2 new sets of retainers will come with a new set of 3D printed models and new lifetime guarantee.

The retainer club cost is $500

The retainer club is only for clear vacuum formed retainers.

Participants may choose to include the cost of the retainer club in their monthly payments or choose a one-time payment at the end of treatment, or during their “retention phase.”