Retainer Care Instructions

Orthodontic Retainers

Having spent a number of years undergoing orthodontic treatment, a retainer helps to keep your teeth in the position that your braces have put them into. Without an orthodontic retainer, your teeth will move with time, as the bone surrounding them is a living tissue and is continuously re-modelling. The amount of movement depends on the individual and health of your gums, which is why it is important to visit a dentist periodically to get your mouth checked.

Orthodontic Retainer Care Instructions

After use brush them with a soft toothbrush and cold water, occasionally use a small amount of non-abrasive toothpaste to remove deposits, but be careful as toothpaste can scratch the retainer.
 
At least once a week soak your retainer in a proprietary product designed for cleaning and disinfecting orthodontic retainers, such as Retainer Brite which we stock and sell at Ashbury Dental Care.
 

If there is a build up of deposits on your orthodontic retainer you can soak them for 10-15 minutes in vinegar or lemon juice before brushing under cold water. If your retainer has any metal clips or soldiered joints, check your retainers every few minutes to make sure this is not causing any damage. If in doubt take your retainer to your orthodontist or dentist for advice.

Always store them in the box provided and keep away from pets who seem to love to chew them!      

Keep your retainers away from heat and sunlight

Never clean your retainers in the dishwasher

Always wear your retainer as prescribed, as soon as you stop wearing it your teeth will move. If it feels tight when you put it in this can be a sign that your teeth are moving, see your dentist or orthodontist as soon as possible.

If you lose or damage your retainers, contact your dentist or orthodontist as soon as possible so that they can be replaced. Your teeth will start to move if you don’t wear your retainer and all of your hard work will be undone.

If you lose or damage your retainers, contact your dentist or orthodontist as soon as possible so that they can be replaced. Your teeth will start to move if you don’t wear your retainer and all of your hard work will be undone.

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