Don’t Make These 3 Retainer Mistakes

Asian,Woman,Holding,Orthodontic,Retainers.teeth,Retaining,Tools,After,Braces,. After having braces taken off, there is a crucial period after treatment that keeps your teeth straight. This stage, known as the retention period, requires wearing a special orthodontic device called a retainer. Once you’ve gotten your retainer, it’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions to get the best results.

Top 3 Retainer Mistakes to Avoid

After you get your retainer, keep your teeth in perfect alignment by avoiding these three mistakes!

1. Not Wearing Your Retainer Consistently

Retainers work by gently keeping your teeth in the proper position. To prevent them from shifting back to their original alignment, you should always follow your orthodontist’s direction on how long to keep your retainer in each day.

It can feel inconvenient at times, but avoid skipping days as much as possible. You may initially have to wear it full-time, except during meals and brushing. But the effort you put into keeping your smile straight will be worth a lifetime of beautiful teeth!

2. Not Cleaning Your Retainer Regularly

Retainers need to be cleaned to prevent bacteria growth. Not only does poor retainer hygiene risk your health, but it also makes your retainer smell and taste bad when you wear it.

Be sure to clean your retainer daily using lukewarm water and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Avoid hot water as this can distort the plastic. When putting your retainer in or taking it out of your mouth, be sure to wash your hands first.

3. Not Storing Your Retainer Properly

You should place your retainer in its case whenever you take it out. Doing so can prevent exposure to dirt, debris, and even pet hair that could get inside and wind up in your mouth.

It’s also important to be mindful of where you keep your retainer’s case. It should be in a cool, dry place rather than areas that get a lot of sun exposure (like the dashboard of your car or a windowsill).

Get the Best Retainer for Your Needs

Visit us at Advanced Orthodontic Care in Denver, CO, to be matched with a caring, supportive orthodontist. We want to make sure you enjoy a lifetime of great oral health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. You can book an appointment online or give us a call at 303-331-0222.


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