Information About Retainers After Braces

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retainerRetainers are an important part of maintaining your smile after orthodontics. Proper use and care of your retainers will ensure a proper fit and keep your smile looking its best. Getting the most from your retainer is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. How Long Do I Have to Wear My Retainers?
Forever. Yes, forever is a very long time but if you desire to keep your smile as beautiful as it looks when you finish orthodontics you need to make a commitment to wearing your retainers for the rest of your life. The time frame you are required to wear your retainers each day is decided by the doctor who completed your case. It is important for you to stay dedicated to their instructions.

2. How Do I Clean My Retainers?
Retainers are as susceptible as teeth to bacteria and food clinging to them. It is important to clean them every day. In most cases, your retainers can be cleaned with a toothbrush and a cleanser that is safe for your appliance. For best results, follow the cleaning regimen provided by your dentist or orthodontist.

3. Where Should I Keep My Retainers?
Your orthodontic retainers are given to you in a case. If the retainers are not in your mouth, they belong in the case. The number one way people lose their retainers is by wrapping them in a napkin while eating and then accidentally throwing the retainers away. The next most common causes of lost retainers are by pets eating them or by having the retainers fall on the floor and getting stepped on. By always placing your retainers back in the case, you can keep them safe from these hazards and always know where to find them.

We hope these tips help you get the most from your orthodontic retainers. Please remember, if you lose your retainers or if it does not fit you properly anymore, consult with your dentist or orthodontist for more information.