Have you finally completed your orthodontic treatment? If so, it’s time to wear a retainer! Retainers in Yuma, Arizona, are beneficial appliances that keep your teeth in their current positions. This appliance is very helpful because, whether you believe it or not, your teeth move every day. So, in order to keep your smile in top-notch condition, it’s best to keep your retainer in top-notch condition, and our Yuma Orthodontics, Inc. team recommends doing so by doing the following things:
Properly store your retainer Many people tend to lose their retainers because they don’t properly store them. To keep the appliance safe, we recommend putting the retainer straight into the appliance container once you have taken it out of your mouth. Once it’s in its little box, make sure you put the box in a safe and secure place, like your backpack, purse, or pocket.
Clean your retainer It’s best to clean your appliance every day so the plaque and bacteria will stay away. You can clean your retainer by soaking it in denture cleaner, like Efferdent and Polident, for the recommended amount of time. Make sure you soak it in warm—never hot—water and you also rinse it off before putting it back into your mouth.
Now that you know all about retainer care, you’re on the right track! If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about the beneficial appliance that will keep your teeth in their aligned positions, call 928-343-9559 now! Your orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Wilson, and our team are more than happy to give you the information you need to fully understand the importance of retainers.