How to Clean Your Retainer

Your teeth have been moved into a beautiful, healthy smile. The long anticipated day arrives when you get your braces off, and you are given a retainer designed to help hold your teeth in their proper place.

First of all, it is very important that you wear your retainer as directed by Dr. Hanis & Dr. Stevenson.

It is also important that you take good care of your retainer. Taking good care of your retainer means keeping it clean.

Following are some tips to help you keep your retainer clean:

  • No matter the type of retainer, make it a point to clean yours daily – preferably as soon as you remove it from your mouth. It is easier to remove plaque or debris before it hardens.
  • Use a soft brush when brushing your retainer to remove plaque or debris and the best cleaners to use on your retainer are mild cleaners you probably already have in your home – liquid hand or dish soap, or baking soda. Keep in mind that you only need a small amount. Never boil or bleach your retainer.
  • Should you notice calcium deposits on your retainer, you may need to ask your orthodontist for help. There are tartar removing solutions that Hanis & Stevenson Orthodontics can use in the office to professionally clean your retainer.
  • Always store your retainer in its case when it is not in your mouth.

Last but not least, do not forget to bring your retainers to retainer check appointments.

Make it part of your routine to keep your retainer clean!

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