Retainers are the next big step after braces in your orthodontics journey with Dr. Steven Harrison. A retainer helps to make sure all the correctional work done by the braces stays for years to come. Proper care of your retainer not only keeps your smile lasting longer but also improves your oral health. Here are a few tips from Parkcrest Dental Group on how to care for your retainer from Dr. Steven Harrison.
Retainers are used to maintain your teeth position after your braces have been removed. Since retainers are removable, they are more susceptible to damage and bacteria which can, in turn, cause problems with your mouth. Properly caring for your retainer is one of the most important things you can do during your orthodontic treatment. Our Parkcrest Dental Group orthodontist in Springfield, MO, wants your teeth and your retainer to stay in great shape.
Your retainer is removable, which is great! However, it also means that it’s easy to lose. Most retainers shouldn’t be worn when you eat. Many people just wrap their retainer in a napkin while they eat and then accidentally throw it away while they’re cleaning up. By keeping the case Dr. Steven Harrison gave you on-hand at all times, you not only protect your retainer from germs but you also are less likely to accidentally throw it away.
Cleaning your retainer is an important part of your overall oral hygiene. Most retainers cannot be cleaned with regular toothpaste because it can damage the acrylic and actually harbor more bacteria growth. Dr. Steven Harrison can recommend the best cleaning method for your retainer, whether it be denture tablets or a specific mouthwash. Soaking your retainer regularly will help you maintain great oral health.
There are specific rules to follow depending on the type of retainer you get. Your Springfield, MO, orthodontist will walk you through all the information needed to properly take care of your retainer. Our Parkcrest Dental Group orthodontist has years of experience to make sure you know everything you need. Their advice will ensure that your retainer stays in great shape for as long as possible.
Since most retainers are made of metal wires and an acrylic mold, they can be fairly susceptible to damage. By making sure you always use your case and practicing good cleaning habits, you significantly reduce the chance of damage. If your retainer does get a little bent out of shape, your orthodontist in Springfield, MO, can adjust it for you.
Retainers are an important part of the orthodontic dentistry process. At Parkcrest Dental Group, our team is highly trained to make sure your experience with a retainer is as simple as possible. We are dedicated to helping you have the confident smile you’ve always wanted. For more information about retainers or our other orthodontic dentistry options, contact Parkcrest Dental Group today!