Caring for Retainers

How a retainer from your dentists in Sudbury, MA, can help your smile

After you have completed orthodontic treatment and you have a straight, beautiful smile, you want to keep it that way. That’s why your dentist or orthodontist gives you a retainer to wear. Retainers perform the important function of keeping your teeth in alignment, so they don’t begin to move out of position. You may be wondering about caring for your retainer. Your dentist can help.

The dentists of Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA, provide comprehensive dental services, including orthodontic treatment to help your smile.

Let’s discuss a few important points about caring for your retainer:

  • How long you need to wear your retainer: This can vary anywhere from 3 months to a lifetime. One piece of advice is constant; wear your retainer often, and follow the advice of your dentist or orthodontist.
  • What to avoid with your retainer: Don’t have your retainer next to heat, because it may damage or melt your retainer. Also avoid contact with your pets, because they will want to chew the retainer. Don’t place your retainer in a napkin, because it will be easy for someone to throw it out.
  • Cleaning your retainer: You can brush your retainer with a toothbrush and water, but don’t use toothpaste. Toothpaste can contain abrasive agents that may scratch your retainer. Remember to soak your retainer for 10 to 15 minutes daily. You can purchase retainer cleaner at most grocery stores or pharmacies.
  • Taking off your retainer: Remember to avoid twisting and pulling your retainer. Instead, simply loosen your retainer in a few places and then gently take it out. Place it in the storage box and keep the box in the same place in your house, so you always know where your retainer is.

Your retainer can help you keep your beautiful, straight smile. It’s important to take good care of your retainer, so it can take care of your smile. To find out more about caring for your retainer, and other orthodontic information, call the dentists of Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA, at (978) 443-5193. Call today!