Retainer Care

Once you are done with your braces, your Noble Square dentist will most likely give you a retainer that you are required to wear either all day or while you are sleeping. It’s important to take care of your retainer and make sure that you are wearing it according to your dentist’s recommendations and guidelines. Wearing a retainer will help your teeth stay straight and not revert to what they once were before your braces.

Eating? Take out your retainer.

Eating with a retainer means you are more likely to trap food and plaque in your gums. If you carry your retainer case with you, you can just pop your retainer out and into the case before your meals. We highly recommend not wrapping your retainer in a napkin or tissue. It’s possible that you or someone else can accidentally throw your retainer in the trash. There could be a replacement fee and if you have your case with you, you can prevent this from happening.

Storing your retainer? Clean it first.

You should be rinsing and brushing your retainer regularly—sometimes multiple times a day. Cleaning your retainer removes tartar build-up on the plastic-like surface of the retainer. There are a few ways to clean your retainer. You can use a toothbrush and toothpaste and brush it as you do your teeth. You can soak it in a glass of water with baking soda. Avoid harsh chemicals. You do not need to use bleach or alcohol-based mouthwash to clean your retainer. These types of products damage the plastic and ultimately, your mouth. Also, do not boil your retainer—it warps the metal, melts the plastic, and ruins the overall fit. If you are storing it, make sure you store it in the given case or a container with airflow so mold and bacteria don’t grow on the retainer’s surface.

Brushing your teeth? Remove your retainer.

When you are brushing your teeth, make sure you take out your retainer first. Keeping your retainer in while brushing leads to missing large areas of your mouth. The toothbrush may also displace the retainer. Brush and floss without the retainer. Then you can brush the retainer separately.

Taking care of your retainer is essential to keeping your teeth straight and having an improved smile. EV Dental Centre, your Noble Square dentist, can help you if you ever run into issues with your retainer. Contact us today to discuss retainer options.

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