If you've gone through orthodontic treatment, or are currently going through treatment, your orthodontist should have or will discuss the importance of retainers. Retainers are crucial to maintaining the alignment of your teeth even well AFTER treatment is over. Retainers tend to last a few years, depending on the care and type of retainer.
Here are a few tips on taking care of your retainer :)
1. KEEP YOUR RETAINER IN ITS CASE.
Retainers can be easily misplaced, especially if clear. If wrapped in a tissue or napkin, one might confuse it as garbage and throw it away in a garbage can.
2. CLEAN YOUR RETAINER DAILY.
Like your teeth, retainers can build up with bacteria or plaque, so it is important to maintain your retainer clean. After use, using cold water, one can rinse it out and clean it using a toothbrush and some toothpaste - stay away from using abrasive products that can damage your retainer, such as dish soap.
REMEMBER: Retention is for life!! Bones are living tissue and have the tendency to move. As long as you're alive, a retainer will be needed after your orthodontic treatment.
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