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To maximize the outcome of your orthodontic treatment, you will receive retainers that help secure your teeth in their new alignment. While it may seem hard to go through this extra step, it is crucial to prevent your teeth from shifting into their old positions. In this blog, we will share the details about removable retainers, from their usage to cleaning instructions. Let’s get started!

What Is A Removable Retainer?

A removable retainer is an appliance that keeps your teeth in place after the completion of orthodontic treatment. It is specially designed to be a snug fit over your teeth, ensuring that they remain secure in their new position.

After an orthodontic treatment, your teeth shift into a proper alignment. However, there is still a risk of your teeth slipping back into their original position. For this reason, your orthodontist will recommend wearing a retainer for a certain duration to ensure long-term results.

What To Expect When Wearing A Removable Retainer?

Removable retainers are easy to wear as they fit comfortably over your teeth. When you first start wearing a retainer, you may feel slight discomfort or pressure on your teeth. It is completely normal. As your mouth adjusts to the new change, these sensations will fade.

You may also experience some speech disturbance, especially when wearing the upper retainer. It can occur when your tongue hits the back of your retainer while talking. As you get used to this appliance, you will be able to speak normally again.

One of the major benefits of removable retainers is that you can easily take them off before eating food. This way, you can comfortably enjoy your favorite foods without worries.

How To Clean And Maintain Your Retainers?

Cleaning your retainers properly is crucial to maintain proper oral hygiene. Since they are worn for most part of the day or at night, there is a risk of plaque formation on the surface of retainers. Lack of proper care can stain the material and also risk your oral health. Here are some tips to keep your retainers clean and plaque-free:

  • Rinse your retainer with lukewarm water after each use to get rid of food particles or debris.
  • Use a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to brush the surface of your retainer. Brush gently to avoid scratches.
  • Soak your retainer in a cleaning solution or a vinegar solution for 10 to 15 minutes to kill bacteria.
  • Keep your retainer in a safe container when not in use to avoid contamination.

What To Do If You Lose Your Retainer?

It is easy to lose or misplace a removable retainer since they are not fixed in your mouth. You may place it somewhere while eating food and may forget to wear again later.

If you misplace your retainer or it gets damaged, seek immediate help from your orthodontist. They will guide you on the next steps, which may include replacement with a new removable retainer.

Final Words

Now that you know more about removable retainers, you can take extra care to ensure their maintenance and cleanliness. If you have further questions, you can consult Dr. Dr. Bar Nguyen at Adventure Orthodontics. Reach out to us today by calling at (281) 353-5556.

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