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Clear, plastic aligners like Invisalign® work by stretching your periodontal ligaments and gradually repositioning your teeth into their ideal alignment. If your teeth only needed a modest amount of realignment, your orthodontist, Dr. Joseph A. Wilson, might recommend a clear, plastic retainer.

This style of retainer is very similar to Invisalign aligners. The clear, plastic material makes it hard for the casual observer to even notice you’re wearing it. You should expect to use the retainer for about the same amount of time you needed to wear your braces. Cleaning and maintaining your clear, plastic retainer each day will keep the total duration of time you need to use it to the bare minimum.

You can drink normally while you have the clear, plastic retainer in your mouth. When you sit down to eat a meal or a snack, you will need to take the retainer out to prevent it from being damaged. When you’re not wearing it, you should keep it in the case provided. Improvising a case with a plastic bag or a napkin should only be a last resort.

You should rinse the retainer to remove lingering food particles and plaque every time you take it out. You can refresh your clear, plastic retainer each night by soaking it in a mixture of half cold water and half antiseptic mouthwash.

If you notice a little plaque buildup, you can gently brush the retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Try to avoid using abrasive toothpaste as this could dull the plastic material and make it more noticeable when you’re wearing it.

If you have any questions about how to properly clean and maintain your plastic retainer in Farmington, New Mexico, you can always call Orthodontics, Inc. at (505) 325-8858 to seek further advice.