Tips on How to Keep Your Retainer Clean and Free from Damage

retainerYou have finally gotten your braces off and you can’t help but think that you have nothing else to do or worry about. However, teeth never stop shifting and if you do not wear your retainer, they could potentially go back to the way they were before your braces. After all the time, effort and cost that went into straightening your teeth, you don’t want your teeth to go back to the way they were!

In addition to wearing your retainer, it is also important for you to keep your retainer clean since retainers can cost a lot to replace.

Bacteria can build up on the retainers and aligners the same way that it builds up on teeth. If you do not clean your retainers, you will start to notice that they smell bad and that they are developing a layer of white film. When this film hardens, it will be impossible to remove.

Here are a couple things you can do to keep this from happening:

Rinse your retainer in warm water after taking it out of your mouth. When you do this, you will remove the surface bacteria. Do not use an anti-bacterial hand wipe on your retainer because the chemicals in anti-bacterial hand wipes can be toxic.

Clean your retainer. The easiest way to do this is by using a toothbrush. Toothpaste is a good idea with all types of retainers except for invisalign. If you have invisalign, do not use a toothbrush and toothpaste because the invisalign will get scratched and will no longer be “invisible.”

Some people recommend that retainers be soaked in a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide. This will help kill germs, but does not help with the white film. In addition, this chemical could potentially damage the surface of the plastic retainer over time and turn it slightly yellow.

Some people may even recommend using denture tablets to clean your retainer. However, this product will turn the retainer yellow because it was designed to clean teeth, not retainers.

How can you keep your retainer from “disappearing” or becoming broken?

One of the big things you could do is invest in a case for your retainer. There are two main types of cases for your retainer, hard and soft versions. When choosing your retainer case, it is important to think of your lifestyle. If you are going to keep your retainer at home on your nightstand, then a soft case should be ok for you. However, if you are going to put your retainer in your pocket or in a backpack, a hard case will prevent the books from smashing into your retainer and breaking it.

It is important to take good care of your retainer, keeping it clean and protected from damage. You do not want to tell your orthodontist that you have lost your retainer or that it has been damaged. Also, it is important to wear your retainer regularly so you can maintain your new and improved smile!

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At Innovative Orthodontic Centers, we provide our patients with state-of-the-art virtual and digital technology so we can customize each patient’s treatment to suit their individual needs. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, an invisalign Top 1% Provider, and a Diamond Top Provider with AcceleDent, Dr. Ibrahim combines invisalign, Acceledent, and customized wires with braces for the majority of her patients. She also utilizes the most innovative techniques available in orthodontics, which WILL make a positive difference in your experience.

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