Many retainers get lost as people take them off and put them in a napkin. To avoid this situation from happening to you, make sure you put your retainer in the bright colored case it came in while eating, drinking, or brushing.
By following this simple tip, you can save the time and money needed to create a replacement.
Remember to remove your retainer when drinking since excess liquid kept by the retainer can dramatically increase the risk of acid exposure to teeth and host bacteria that may result in tooth decay.
Brushing and flossing should be an integral part of your oral health routine since retainers can host bacteria and accumulate plaque when not cleaned often and well enough.
It’s also recommended that you follow your dentist’s advice on the type of bristles and the optimal way to clean your personalized retainer to extend its functional time as much as possible.
Retainers have a very specialized job: to give muscles, soft tissue, and bones time to consolidate the teeth in their new position.
We know that after all the time you wore braces, you might be tempted to avoid wearing your retainer, but it’s important to remember that time, money, and effort can be lost if your teeth return to their misaligned position. Because of this, you should wear your retainer as directed by your dentist.