If you wear braces, at some point you will celebrate the day when they come off. After your braces are removed, your orthodontist will give you a retainer to wear. Your braces moved your teeth and jaw ligaments into the proper alignment. Your retainer will make sure that they stay in place and settle into their new positions. If you have a removable retainer, you will need to make sure that you wear it according to your orthodontist’s instructions, to keep your teeth in their proper alignment. You will also need to make sure that you take proper care of it.
Your new retainer will come with a case. You will need to make sure that if you take your retainer out, you put it in that case. That will make sure you do not lose it, pets don’t eat it, or it is not accidentally thrown away. It is a good idea to get into the habit of keeping your case in your pocket, purse, backpack or briefcase. Retainers are expensive to replace!
You can gently scrub your removable retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a vinegar and water solution. Or, talk with your orthodontist about what he recommends. If you will have your retainer out overnight, you may want to soak it in a denture solution to further clean it. If you have a fixed retainer, you will have to brush when you brush your teeth, and make sure that you floss it as well. A water flosser, floss pick or water flosser work well if you find flossing your retainer difficult.
If the time has come for you to get braces, why not come see our orthodontist, Dr. Joshua Knowles. If you live in the Temple, Texas, area, call 254-773-8028 today to schedule your appointment at Smile at the World Orthodontics.