After Braces: Proper Ways of Taking Care of Your Retainer

Close up picture of braces

Dental braces are one of the best ways to fix crooked teeth and deal with jaw alignment. Wearing it may test people’s patience, but the results may be something that they will be happy about.

The day your dentist announces that he or she will remove your braces, you are likely to feel ecstatic and thankful. But do not be that happy yet because your dentist will surely tell you to wear a retainer. And just like how you take care of your braces, you will also need to look after your retainer properly.

Doing it should not be hard work. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Clean it

Just like how you take care of your previous dental appliance, it is a must that you clean your retainer, knowing that it is exposed to a lot of things and oral activities. Brushing it should be at the top of your list.

At times, you may be tempted to maintain its squeaky clean look; there is nothing wrong with it as long as you are not using abrasive and toxic cleaners, such as bleach.

Remove it when necessary

You ought to remove your retainer when it is needed. For one, remove it when you eat something hard and crispy, such as cracklings or nuts. These types of food may cause your retainer to bend or break. To avoid strain and pain, you can remove it before you sleep.

Have your dentist fix it

Dentists get their ortho retainers from reliable manufacturers, so they are generally durable. However, if it gets bent or broken or it feels that it has gotten tighter, do not try to fix it yourself. Visit your dentist as soon as possible and have them look at it. They know how to fix it properly.

Taking care of your retainer should not be a big problem. Follow the simple pieces of advice and listen to your dentist.