By Suter Orthodontics
September 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health

The Importance of Taking Care of Your Retainer

Dental Care

After your braces are taken off, retainers become a regular part of your day. Dr. Scott Suter wants Colorado Springs patients to know the proper care of your retainer. Retainers are delicate, as well as costly. Taking proper care and maintenance of your retainer can save you a lot of headache and most importantly, money.
 

Simple Guidelines to Care for Your Retainer

  1. Always store your retainer in the case given by our office. Never put it in your pocket, wrap it in a napkin. This can lead to a broken retainer, or if wrapped in a napkin, it can easily get thrown away.
  2. Remove your retainer while eating.
  3. Always wear your retainer as much as Dr. Suter recommends.
  4. Remove your retainer when brushing your teeth.
  5. Clean your retainer daily with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Make sure you brush the side of the retainer that comes in contact with your gums. If you fail to clean your retainer well, there can be damage to your gums and teeth. Soaking your retainer in mouthwash for a few minutes is also a good idea.
  6. Do not flip the retainer around with your tongue. This could damage the retainer and also your teeth.
  7. Make sure you use your fingers to place the retainer on your teeth. If you bite the retainer into place, it will eventually get damaged or broken.
  8. It is recommended that the retainer be removed for various sports activities. Make sure you place the retainer in the case in a safe place, and replace the retainer when the activity is done.
  9. Retainers are made of acrylic, which is sensitive to heat. Do not put your retainer in the dishwasher. Do not boil it or leave it in a hot car.
  10. Keep your retainer away from pets. Pets will chew on the retainer and break it. Put the retainer in the case.
  11. Bring your retainer to your dental appointment for inspection.

Call Dr. Scott Suter Today!

If your retainer would happen to break, it is important to call us right away so we can get it fixed of replaced. If you follow the guidelines above, you should have a long lasting retainer to use. Call your Colorado Springs orthodontist at (719) 550-0222 for more information regarding retainers. Share guidlines you follow when taking care of your retainer!

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