Many orthodontic patients require a retainer at the end of orthodontic treatment. Removable retainers are an easy step to take to preserve a straight smile. At Southern Cross Dental we see many patients who use retainers, and we knowcaring for your retainer properly is important so that it functions and lasts as long as possible. A silly but common mistake people make with their retainers is trying to cut corners -- don’t try to clean or brush your retainer while it’s still in your mouth! You can’t quickly scrub your retainer while brushing your teeth -- the retainer cannot be completely cleaned of debris this way, and toothpaste can also be abrasive to the plastic of the retainer. Always remove your retainer before cleaning thoroughly with water and your toothbrush, and use a mild dish or hand soap to help clean off debris, never abrasive toothpaste.
You should clean your retainer daily, and also treat it weekly by soaking. Soaking helps maintain the cleanliness of the retainer and keep it from drying out. To soak the retainer, dissolve denture cleaning tablets in water or add a little baking soda to water to make a solution. Storing your retainer properly is also important for its longevity. Get in the habit of always using and carrying a case. Too retainers have disappeared after being folded up in napkins!
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