The best way to keep your smile in tip-top shape after aligning your teeth is to keep your retainer in tip-top shape. Your retainer is the best appliance that will keep your teeth in their current positions. If you don’t wear your retainer on a regular basis, your teeth can move out of place and can destroy the progress you made with your orthodontic treatment. So, to help you maintain a strong and attractive smile, our William B. Hentosz, DDS, INC team recommends caring for your retainer by doing the following things:
Properly store your retainer
If you properly store your retainer, the appliance will remain effective and you won’t risk losing it. So, in order to properly store it, we recommend placing it in its container immediately after you’ve taken it out of your mouth. Then, place the container in a safe place, like your backpack, purse, or pocket. Whatever you do, please do not keep the retainer in a hot environment. The hot temperature can warp the appliance.
Clean your retainer
It’s best to clean your retainer once a day. If that’s not possible, please try to clean it at least once a week. You can clean your appliance by soaking it in denture cleaner and warm water. Simply soak it in this liquid for the recommended amount of time and remember to rinse it off before you put it back in your mouth.
Now that you know how to care for your retainer in Alhambra, California, your smile will remain in tip-top shape! For more information and details about retainer care, please call 626-458-8898 and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. William B. Hentosz. If you come into our office, our team will be happy to give the tips and information you need to succeed!