How to Care for Your Retainer After Orthodontic Treatment in Thompson
Retainers are used after orthodontic appliances are done being worn in order to maintain the teeth's new bite and position while the gums adjust. Once your orthodontic treatment in Thompson or Winnipeg is complete, it is crucial that you wear your retainer as instructed, and to keep it clean and in good condition.
At the clinic of Winnipeg orthodontist Dr. Levine, patients are advised that in order to properly care for your retainer, you should:
- Watch how you store it: A big part of retainer maintenance is simply how you store your retainer when you are not wearing it. Do not store your retainer in anything other than its case. This means no putting it in your pockets, no tossing it into your bag, no wrapping it in tissue or paper towel, and definitely no leaving it sitting around outside of its case on desks or countertops.
- Watch where you keep it: Even when properly stored in its case, you should pay some mind to where you keep your retainer. The most important rule here is to keep your retainer away from sources of heat. Don't leave it out in direct sunlight or in a hot car, as it can melt and become damaged and in need of repair.
- Clean it regularly: A retainer needs to be cleaned regularly or it becomes a fantastic way of introducing bacteria into your mouth and helping your existing mouth bacteria grow and proliferate. You can clean your retainer every time you brush your teeth by giving it a gentle scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Ask your Winnipeg orthodontist if toothpaste is alright to use before doing so, as some retainers are too sensitive and can become damaged if brushed with toothpaste.
- Disinfect it: On top of brushing your retainer, you should also disinfect it on a regular basis, ideally at least once every day. You can use either a denture cleaning solution or a solution specifically made for retainers. Once your retainer is finished soaking, make sure you give it a thorough rinse before putting it in your mouth.
- Take it along to follow-up appointments: Always bring your retainer along with you to your follow-up appointments with your Winnipeg orthodontist. This will allow your orthodontist to see if it has sustained any cracks or other damage, and to have it repaired.
Follow All of the Advice of Your Orthodontist
Though the above list covers all of the retainer maintenance basics, it is not exhaustive. Nor are all retainers the same. The best way to ensure that you are correctly caring for your retainer is to follow your orthodontist's advice.
The orthodontic clinics of Dr. Gary Levine Orthodontist provide orthodontic treatment in Thompson and in Winnipeg. We have a strong commitment to making sure that our patients know how to keep their retainer in good shape.
If you think you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, schedule your appointment for a consult at our Winnipeg or Thompson clinic today.