If you keep your orthodontic retainers in tip-top shape, your smile will remain in tip-top shape. However, some people aren’t quite sure how to properly care for and clean their retainers. If you could be considered as one of these people, our Spillers Orthodontics team is here to save the day! For proper retainer care in Warner Robins or Macon, Georgia, we recommend doing the following things:
Properly store your retainers
It can be very easy to lose your retainers, which is why we recommend properly storing your retainers every time you take them out of your mouth. Please place them in the retainer case and store it in a safe place, like your backpack, pocket, or purse. Do not wrap them in a napkin; this is one of the main ways retainers are lost. Please keep your retainers away from hot temperatures because the heat can make the appliances warp out of shape. Also, be sure to keep your retainers away from your dog because dogs love to chew on them!
Clean your retainers
Each time you brush your teeth, clean your retainers. You can clean it by soaking it in denture cleaner. Simply add the cleanser into a warm cup of water and let it soak for the recommended amount of time. When the time is up, rinse the retainers off with water before putting them back in your mouth.
If you properly store and clean your retainers on a regular basis, they will be wearable for several years! Remember, keeping your new smile straight is a lifelong commitment; this means you will always need to wear your retainers. Our orthodontic team wants you to have the best and most successful smile for a lifetime, so if you have any questions or about retainer wear, please call 478-953-2700 today and talk to a member of our team. We look forward to helping you!