“Retainer Tips,” by Edgar Berre, Jr., DDS

5 Mar

After braces are removed, retainers often are used as a less obtrusive way to maintain alignment in teeth. Though retainers generally are to be used for 20 hours every day immediately following the removal of braces, that time will be lessened gradually until the retainer only needs to be worn at night.

In addition to wearing their retainers for the prescribed time, patients have to take care of their retainers. Here are some tips for maintaining and cleaning your retainer:

Brush it: Just as food can get in between your teeth, it can get lodged into the retainer. Brush your retainer after every meal.

Disinfect it: Use denture cleanser once a week to soak your retainer.

Keep it safe: Retainers are susceptible to loss and damage, so do not play sports while wearing your retainer and do not put it within reach of household pets.

About the Author

Edgar Berre, Jr., DDS, operates his own practice dedicated to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at two offices in Cincinnati. He has served as a consultant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and was an Assistant Professor at University of Kentucky.

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