After your orthodontic treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer on a full and then part time basis to keep your new smile in place. Here’s how to store and care for your retainer to keep it in good shape.
Cleaning Your Retainer
Your retainer will need to be cleaned on a regular basis, just like your teeth. A good rule of thumb is that your retainer should never go into your mouth or into its case without getting a good cleaning first.
Keeping a regular cleaning routine for your retainer helps eliminate bacteria and plaque buildup on it, helping to prevent the development of tooth decay and gum disease. It also helps ensure your breath stays fresh while your retainer is in your mouth.
It’s best to clean your retainer as soon as you take it out of your mouth, so that any plaque and debris does not have a chance to harden. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to gently clean your retainer. Then rinse it thoroughly before placing it back into your mouth or its case.
Avoid using toothpaste, as it is abrasive and can leave scratches on the retainer’s surface, where bacteria can flourish.Helpful Tips:
- When your removable retainer is not in your mouth, put it in its case.
- Always carry a retainer case with you.
- Never wrap your retainer in a napkin – it’s too easy to throw away.
- Keep your retainer out of the reach of pets.
- Avoid heat – your retainer can become deformed if it’s left on a heater, a hot stove, or in a hot car.
- Keep your retainer clean.
If you have a problem with your retainer, if your retainer gets lost, broken, warped, is too loose, or is too tight, please contact our office right away.