Wearing your Retainer
It is important to follow the proper steps regarding retainer instructions. These instructions can either help you limit the amount of time spent on your orthodontic treatment or prevent your teeth from regressing after orthodontic treatment has been completed. You must follow your orthodontist’s retainer instructions. Ensure that you wear your retainer at all times, unless your orthodontist instructs you to do otherwise.
Take your retainer out when eating. This will help keep your retainer in good condition. Ensure that you always put it back in its case to prevent damage and loss. Retainers are very commonly lost when they have been taken out for meals. Retainers should always be placed in the case whenever they are not in your mouth. Pets are known to chew on them, so they need to be kept safe and protected.
There are many pros and cons with keeping your retainers clean and in good condition so you don’t have to keep going to the dentist every time they become damaged. The pros is that you don’t need to follow up with your orthodontist as often once you obtain the retainer. Most people can’t see that you have a retainer because it is usually invisible hiding on the roof of your mouth. Damaging your retainer can actually be difficult because of their durability. I mean if you drop it while trying to clean them, they won’t break as they hit the tile floor. If you take good care of them with thoroughly following your retainer instructions that your orthodontist provided, they can last for many years to come.
The cons for wearing your retainer is that sometimes it can cause an irritation for the tongue. The irritation could be caused by the metal wire and you would need to consult with your orthodontist if you are experiencing these complications. You may also experience excess saliva, but most commonly after getting used to the retainer, that will stop the saliva from over processing in your mouth. Again if you don’t properly clean your retainer or follow the retainer instructions adequately, you may cause bacteria to emerge. Tartar and buildup does happen as well, which can also lead to gum disease. Consult your orthodontist if you have bacteria on your retainer and if they are able to replace it with a new one.
Caring for your Retainer
It is important to take the retainer instructions thoroughly to keep your retainer clean. It should be cleaned once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Ensure that you use warm water but refrain from the use of hot water, which can potentially warp the retainer. Thorough brushing will help remove the plaque and eliminate any odors. Retainers are somewhat fragile, so it is important to take proper care of your retainer. Additionally, retainers will help keep your teeth from regressing. If your retainer becomes broken or gets lost, you should contact our office immediately.
After Obtaining a Retainer
Immediately after obtaining a retainer, it may be somewhat difficult to speak. Practicing reading, speaking, or singing out loud can help you get used to the retainer faster. You should never try adjusting your retainer by yourself. If you believe that your retainer needs adjusting, or have any other questions regarding your retainer, contact our office immediately. Ensure that you bring your retainer to any orthodontic appointments. This will help your orthodontist determine if your retainer needs any adjustments. Additionally, you’ll need to remove your retainer whenever you go swimming. It should be kept away from hot water and the washing machine. Ensure that it is kept in a safe place whenever it is not being worn.
Retainer replacements can be rather expensive, but proper care will allow them to last for years at a time. To learn more about how to best care for your retainer, Contact us at Bailey Orthodontics today!