Many orthodontic patients require a retainer at the end of orthodontic treatment. Removable retainers are an easy step to take to preserve a straight smile. Dr. Gregory Ross provides retainers for patients, and caring for your retainer properly is important so that it functions and lasts as long as possible. A silly but common mistake people make with their retainers is trying to cut corners -- don’t try to clean or brush your retainer while it’s still in your mouth! The retainer cannot be completely cleaned of debris this way, and toothpaste can also be abrasive to the plastic of the retainer. Always remove your retainer before cleaning thoroughly with water and your toothbrush. Use a mild dish or hand soap to help clean off debris- never abrasive toothpaste.
You should clean your retainer daily, and also treat it weekly by soaking. Soaking helps maintain the cleanliness of the retainer and keep it from drying out. To soak the retainer, dissolve denture cleaning tablets in water or add a little baking soda to water to make a solution. Storing your retainer properly is also important for its longevity. Get in the habit of always using and carrying a case. Many retainers have disappeared while folded up in napkins!
To learn more about caring for your retainer, visit www.smilesbyross.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS call our Forest Lake, MN location at 651-464-6988 or our Hudson, WI location at 715-808-8379.