If you’ve recently had your braces removed, your dentist may have prescribed a retainer.
A retainer simply helps your teeth stay in the correct position after treatment with braces. Your dentist will determine exactly how long you’ll need a retainer — you should expect to wear them for a year or longer.
Unfortunately, bacteria can grow on your retainer, which may lead to things like tooth decay or gum disease.
How to Clean Your Retainer
Here are a few tips for cleaning your retainer:
- #1: Brush your retainer every time you brush and floss your teeth. You can use a toothbrush, toothpaste and room temperature water.
- #2: Soak your retainer when it’s not in your mouth. This will keep the plastic from drying out and cracking. You can use mouthwash or denture cleanser.
- #3: Do not eat while wearing your retainer. If it comes into contact with any food or beverages, rinse your retainer immediately before putting it back in your mouth.
- #4: Don’t use hot water. It can damage the plastic.
- #5: Store your retainer in a protective case when you remove it to eat or play sports. This helps keep it clean and protects against getting damaged or lost.
Do you have questions about cleaning your retainer? Drs. Davis and Matthews at Excel Dental in Ozark are here to help!
Contact us at any time to learn more about proper use and care of your retainer so that you get the most benefit out of wearing it.