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Maintaining Your Retainer

Congratulations on completing your orthodontic treatment, and welcome to a world filled with your new dazzling smile! As you enter the next crucial stage of your journey – wearing a retainer – we’re here to provide you with some easy tips on caring for your appliance, ensuring your smile remains flawless for years to come.

Wonderful Retainers

Retainers are remarkable devices that keep your teeth in their newly aligned positions while the surrounding bone tissue rebuilds around them. Although this process takes time, you will need to continue wearing your retainer long-term because everyday events like and speaking can actually make your teeth shift. Don’t forget, retainers can only perform their wonders when they’re worn consistently!

Keep Your Retainer Safe!

When you’re not wearing your orthodontic appliance, always store it securely in its case. Make sure you always carry a backup case with you to prevent accidental damage or loss. Here are some helpful suggestions to keep your retainer nice and safe:
  • Don’t put it in a pocket or purse – they can break easily.
  • Avoid wrapping it in a tissue – it might accidentally be thrown away.
  • Keep your retainer out of reach of pets – especially dogs, who may think it’s a chew toy!
  • Don’t expose your retainer to heat sources – it can become deformed near radiators, hot stovetops, or inside warm vehicles.

Clean and Shiny

Maintaining proper hygiene is essential for both removable and fixed retainers. For removable retainers, make sure you follow Dr. Olson’s cleaning guidelines, which may involve brushing with toothpaste or using a specialized cleaning solution. For fixed retainers, make sure to brush and floss them really well. Using interdental brushes can also help keep them clean and free from plaque.

Wear Your Retainer. Love Your Smile.

Caring for your retainer is an easy but important commitment to preserving the results of your orthodontic treatment. By following these simple tips, you’ll ensure that your appliance stays in tip-top shape, helping you maintain that gorgeous smile for years to come.
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