How to Properly Care for Your Dental Retainer
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How to Properly Care for Your Dental Retainer

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After spending between 18-months and 2-years wearing braces, we don’t think you’d want to allow your teeth to shift back into place! Because of this, it’s important to wear a dental retainer – an orthodontic appliance meant to keep the teeth in place, usually worn to bed.

Properly Caring for Dental Retainers

Below are some tips on how to make sure you’re properly caring for your dental retainers, allowing them to help keep your teeth in place for years to come:

  • Cleaning your retainer – The goal of cleaning your dental retainer is to keep it bacteria-free. Retainers can be cleaned either with non-abrasive toothpaste or unscented hand soap with warm water. After gently cleaning the retainer, make sure it’s thoroughly rinsed with cool water.
  • Use a separate toothbrush – When cleaning your retainer, use a separate toothbrush than the one you use to clean your teeth. This helps keep the retainer free of bacteria and ensures that it’s as clean as possible! After your retainer is clean, store it in a glass of clean water when it’s not being worn.
  • Avoid mouthwash or boiling – Mouthwash should not be used to clean a dental retainer because it can stain or weaken the appliance. In addition, boiling the retainer can alter its shape, which would render it useless. This will cost you time and money to have your retainer replaced.

If you have questions about how to properly care for your dental retainer, please contact Lockett Orthodontics here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Posted on May 25, 2020

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