How Should I Care for My Retainer?

Did you know your retainer keeps your teeth from relapsing out of position after orthodontic treatment? Well, it’s true. This is why it’s important to keep your retainer in tip-top shape so it can do its job. So, to help you take good care of your appliance, our Orthodontics, Inc. orthodontic team has some instructions for you.

Step No. 1: Store your retainer properly – If you keep your retainer in a safe and secure place, there is a small chance you’ll lose or damage it. So, to help you properly store your appliance, we recommend placing it in its case right after you take it out of your mouth. After doing this, put the case in a safe place, like your backpack, purse, pocket, or bathroom drawer. No matter what, do not keep the retainer in a hot environment. The hot temperature can warp and reshape it.

Step No. 2: Clean your appliance – Make it a habit when you brush your teeth each day to clean your appliance as well. You can wash it by soaking it in denture cleaner, like Efferdent and Polident. All you need to do is soak it in the water for the recommended amount of time. Make sure you do so in warm—not hot—water. Also, please remember to wash the retainer with water before you put it back over your teeth.

Do you have any questions about how to take good care of a retainer in Flagstaff, Arizona? If so, please remember that you can always call our office at (928) 774-0881. Dr. Jacob Spendlove and our orthodontic team would be happy to talk with you and give you the answers you seek. We look forward to hearing from you!

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