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Caring for your retainers

Photo of 4 orthodontic retainersRetainers are critical to maintain the corrected alignment of the teeth after braces. Proper retainer care is essential to preserve the retainer, ensure its longevity, and maintain optimal oral hygiene after braces are removed.

Types of Retainers and Their Care

Each type requires specific care to remain effective and hygienic.

Removable Retainers

Both Hawley, and clear plastic retainers are removable and provide their own unique advantages.

Hawley Retainers
These consist of a metal wire that surrounds the front teeth and an acrylic base that sits on the roof of the mouth or along the inside of the lower teeth. They are durable and adjustable, which means that they do not have to be replaced as frequently as clear plastic retainers.

H4:Clear Plastic Retainers
These are made from a clear plastic material that fits snugly over the teeth. They provide a better appearance but are not adjustable, therefore need to be replaced more frequently than Hawley retainers.

Daily Cleaning
Retainers must be brushed with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste. Avoid hot water, it can warp the retainer. Gently brush all surfaces to remove food particles and plaque.

Soak the retainer daily in a retainer cleaning solution or denture cleaner. This helps eliminate bacteria and keeps the retainer fresh.

Deep Cleaning
Once a week, a retainer needs a deep clean by soaking it in a mixture of equal parts white vinegar, and water, for 15-30 minutes. This removes any stubborn buildup. In addition, soaking a retainer in two tablespoons of baking soda in a cup of water neutralizes odors and cleans the retainer.

Fixed Retainers

Fixed retainers consist of a metal wire bonded to the back of the front teeth from canine to canine. Fixed retainers are not removable and require diligent oral hygiene to prevent plaque buildup around the wire. Cleaning removable retainers meticulously is crucial to maintain oral health. Floss threaders and water flossers help to maintain the cleanliness of a fixed retainer and prevent plaque buildup.

Additional Tips for Retainer Care

A removable retainer should always be stored in its protective case when not in use. This prevents damage and loss. Do not leave it in hot places, such as inside a car or near a heater. The heat will warp the plastic and the retainer must be replaced.

Never bend or twist a retainer, and do not put it into a pocket, or anywhere it could get crushed. Retainers must be handled with care when not in use.

Even with excellent care, retainers eventually need to be replaced. Keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear, such as cracks or a loose fit, and contact our team for a consultation if you suspect that a replacement is needed.

Caring for a retainer is essential to maintain the results of orthodontic treatment, and to ensure long-term oral health. When our patients follow proper cleaning methods, are diligent with maintenance, and stay consistent with their retainer care. They extend the life of their retainer and keep their smile perfectly aligned. Retainers must be treated with the same care as the teeth that they protect, and when they are, they serve our patients well and preserve their beautiful smiles.

Visit Roncone Orthodontics if you want to straighten your teeth. Call us today at (951) 595-8291 to schedule your appointment.
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