Many patients will need to wear a retainer after their orthodontic treatment to keep teeth in alignment. Retainer hygiene is essential for keeping your teeth healthy. Taking proper care of your retainer can protect you from tooth decay and gum disease and can help your retainer last for many years. Dr. Barakat highly encourages patients to clean, protect and wear their retainers every day.
Caring for your Retainer
- Clean Your Retainer
Brushing your retainer every day should become a part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Every time you brush your teeth, you should remove your retainer and brush it as well. Brushing your retainer removes food and plaque that can cause bacteria to build up. Dr. Barakat also recommends soaking the retainer in a denture-cleaning agent at least once a day. Cleaning your retainer can prevent halitosis and help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- Protect Your Retainer
If you have a removable retainer, it will come with a special protective case. Retainers are fragile and costly, the case is designed to protect the retainer. It is important to keep your retainer in its case whenever you are not wearing it. The case will help protect the retainer from breaking as well as helping to keep it clean.
- Wear Your Retainer
Now that your braces are off, all you have to do is wear your retainer to keep your beautiful new smile in line. Wearing your retainer for the determined amount of time every day is the best way to protect your investment you made in straightening your teeth.