What to keep in mind if you have dental retainers
- You should wear your retainers, full time, until the dentist tells you otherwise.
- You can take your retainers out when eating and you can keep it in your case. You will be surprised to find out how many retainers get thrown accidentally into the trash, make sure to keep the retainers in its case when you remove it.
- Clean the retainers thoroughly, at least once a day, with your toothbrush and toothpaste. When you clean your retainers you get to remove plaque from the surface and it helps you eliminate bad odors.
- You can use Efferdent or any orthodontic appliance cleaner available in the market to clean your retainers, but you should never try to replace it from brushing.
- Never leave your retainers unattended. If it is ever out of your mouth, make sure to keep it in your case, especially if you have pets.
- Speech can be quite complicated, art first, when you first receive your retainers. You should just practice using it. You can practice speaking, reading or singing out loud, so that you can get used to it faster.
- However sturdy they may seem, dental retainers are breakable so you have to treat them with care.
- If you ever lose or break your retainers, you have to call us immediately, so that a replacement can be ordered from the laboratory, right away. Do not ever attempt to repair or make adjustments by yourself.
- Always bring your retainers with you when you come to the dental office for regular appointments.
- Keep your retainers away from hot water, hot dashboards and the washing machine because the heat will and can melt and distort the acrylic or plastic material.
Dental retainers are not cheap, in fact, they can be quite expensive. You should give due importance in caring for dental retainers for these to last with you for years.
For high-quality retainers, visit Santa Cruz Orthodontics at our Santa Cruz or San Jose dental offices and avail of a complimentary consultation.