When eating out, finding the right time and place to take out your retainer can make mealtimes quite stressful. Planning when and where to take out your retainer, deciding when and where to clean it while also deciding what you’ll eat, talk about with your colleagues or boss can be a bit of a tall order.
Bethan, however, found a more direct approach suited her, “I would just say it straight out, quite openly and candidly, ‘I need to go to the restroom, brush my teeth and put these back in, I’ll be right back.’” She even found that she’s not the only one, “I’ve gone into the restroom in nice restaurants and seen people literally brushing them over the sink and putting them back in! I’m like, yep, I’ve been there and it’s fine.”
Sometimes, however, simple things like popping into a restaurant can have its issues, as Emma discovered, “I forgot to take my travel case out with me when I went to a diner. So, I put the retainer in tissue paper next to me at the table. I completely forgot about it, left it on the tray and then put the tray in the bin. That was a bit of a nightmare.”