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“My teeth are gorgeous! Dr. Mann worked his genius mechanical skills and I now have a gorgeous smile!

It's one thing to have superior clinical skills but Dr. Mann has the best bedside-manner of any of my physicians. Loved his positive and sunny personality! I highly recommend Dr. Mann; especially to adults who have waited to get braces or perhaps need braces again! My husband said that if Dr. Mann can get me to comply with all the care needed then Dr. Mann can get any teen or child to comply!

Tampa's gain is Gainesville's loss of a great orthodontist!“

- Heather Damron

Retainer Wear and Care

Retainer Wear and Care


  • Use mild handsoap or denture cleaner and clean with hands or light bristled tooth brush. Be gentle.

First 3 Months

  • Wear retainers full time (24 hours per day)
  • Remove retainers for eating and routine brushing

Months 3 – 6:

  • If compliant during first 3 months with retainer wear, start wearing retainers only during night hours (minimum 8 hours per day)
  • Remove retainers for eating and routine brushing

Beyond 6 Months

  • If compliant during first 6 months with retainer wear, continue wearing retainers during night hours, 4 nights per week
  • If retainers feel tight or uncomfortable then continue wearing retainers every night for an additional 1 – 2 months before reducing to 4 nights per week

Other Important Requirements and Information

  • Immediately call the office if either or both retainers no longer fit, are lost or broken to avoid relapse.
  • Replacement retainers are $250.00 each at this time. This fee only applies for 30 days and may be subject to change.
  • Retainers should be stored in appropriate retainer cases to avoid loss or breakage.
  • Avoid leaving retainers in direct sunlight or around pets.
  • Be certain to keep recall visit appointments for retainer evaluation.
  • Retainers may need to be replaced every 3 – 5 years.