When you first get a retainer, it may be a difficult adjustment. Some people simply don’t like wearing them or forget to put them on. Wearing your retainer is essential in the straightening and aligning process of your teeth. Forgetting to wear your retainer for even one day can start reversing the progress made by your braces. If you’re someone who continuously forgets to put on their retainer, Dr. Steven Harrison’s Team at Parkcrest Dental Group has some tips for you.
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Set An Alarm On Your Phone
If you constantly forget to put your retainer in, setting an alarm on your phone is a simple way to help yourself remember. Set the alarm for your desired time to put them in and you should be set. If you’re really worried about forgetting, maybe even consider setting two alarms!
Leave Yourself A Note
If you somehow always miss those reminders or alarms on your phone, leaving yourself a note by your bed or bathroom mirror is a consistent physical reminder that’s hard to ignore. Whenever you get up or use the restroom you’ll always see that note.
Always Put Your Retainer Back In Its Case
It’s common for people to not wear their retainer when they leave the house simply because they can’t find it. Dr. Steven Harrison suggests always putting your retainer back in its case when you’re not using it. Never put it in a napkin or paper towel as they’re easily thrown away! If you always put your retainer back in it’s correct place, you run a much smaller risk of ever losing it. You’ll always be able to put it in at the right time in the morning or night.
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Ask For Personal Reminders
Another suggestion to help you remember your retainer is telling people to remind you so you can hold yourself accountable. The more people you ask to remind you, the more likely you are to never forget to put it in. If you constantly have people asking you where your retainer is and why you aren’t wearing it, you’ll start wearing it more often.