After the brackets have come off and wires have been removed, it’s time to take the next step in caring for your teeth after braces. Get ready for your retainer!
Dr. Carter will choose the one that best fits your unique needs. No two retainers are the same because each person’s teeth and mouth are exceptionally different.
At first, it may feel a little strange, like braces do when you first get them on. However, after a few days of wearing it, the retainer will start to feel more comfortable and natural.
As we grow older, our teeth still tend to shift. Because of the possibility of teeth shifting, it’s extremely important to make sure the retainer is worn every night. By getting into a routine of wearing it each night, you will ensure that the teeth stay put in their newfound positions.
It’s also just as important to clean your retainer. Cleaning it each day should become as natural as brushing your teeth.
There are a couple of ways to clean your retainer. Your first step is to get a denture brush and brush with either liquid hand soap or dishwashing soap. A denture brush is a little softer and bigger than a normal tooth brush, making it easier to clean your retainer. Hold your retainer in the palm of your hand while you scrub so that you don’t tear it by only holding one side.
We advise to avoid using toothpaste to clean your retainer because toothpaste is too abrasive for plastic. Toothpaste could end up causing it to degrade, ultimately leading to creating places where bacteria can grow.
You should soak your retainers in denture cleaner for anywhere between 10-15 minutes. This well help disinfect them from saliva, food particles and plaque.
Teeth have great memories, so replace your retainers if lost or broken to help ensure that your teeth don’t move back.
As always, if you have any questions about you new mouth gear, please contact our office at (918)986-9986.