• It’s crucial that you clean your permanent retainers as well. Much like braces, the wire will trap food debris and plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed, it can lead to tooth decay and gum disease and I may need to take your retainer out. Floss once a day and brush at least twice a day, in the morning and before bed, being extra diligent about cleaning the wire. You might want to try using an interdental brush too to clean around your bonded retainer since the brush is smaller and meant to fit in tight spaces.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of orthodontic retainer cases. I’ll give you a case when I fit you for a retainer and you can also purchase them on your own. Your retainer case will prevent your retainer from being accidentally broken or eaten by your pet (dogs love retainers!). Also, by making it a habit to always put your retainer in its case when you’re not wearing it, you’ll be less likely to lose it. I recommend getting a brightly colored case so that it’s easy to spot. For younger patients, sometimes, putting the case in a bigger bag is a good idea. A bigger bag is easier to keep track of.
  • Take your removable retainers out to eat, drink anything except for water, brush your teeth and floss. Trying to eat with it in your mouth can result in it getting damaged. Again, when you remove it for a meal, put it in its case. Never store your retainer in a napkin or paper towel or anything like that. It’s a surefire way for it to accidentally get thrown away and you definitely don’t want to have to dig around in the trash for it. Putting it in your pocket is also a no-no since it can break. 
  • Leaving your retainer in the car in the summer, accidentally running it through the washer and dryer or letting it come into contact with hot water will cause it to warp. Even if it’s in its case, avoid extreme heat.
  • Remove your retainer before swimming or playing sports. If you’re playing sports, put it in its case and pop in a mouthguard to keep your new smile safe!
  • If your retainer is damaged or bent, don’t try to fix it on your own. This can make it worse or throw off the fit, which defeats the purpose of wearing it. Call the office and I’ll take a look and see if I’m able to repair it for you.
  • Bring your dental retainer to all of your orthodontic appointments. I’ll examine it to make sure it’s in good condition and make adjustments if necessary.
  • If you lose your retainer or it breaks, call us right away. The sooner I can replace it, the less tooth movement you’ll experience. For being such a small, seemingly simple appliance, retainers are powerful tools to keep your smile looking its best for a lifetime. If you have any questions about retainers or you’re ready to get started on braces or Invisalign in Surrey, Abbotsford or Langley, book a free consultation at Aura Orthodontics today!

 

Dr Vishal Sharma
BSc, DDS, Cert. Ortho.
FRCD(C), FCDS(BC)