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Your orthodontic retainer is very handy, especially because it keeps your newly straightened teeth from relapsing out of position. However, this is only the case if you keep it in tip-top shape. Now, our A&A Orthodontics orthodontic team understands that this might be a difficult task if you’re not sure how to take care of your appliance. So, to help you, we would like to give you some guidelines.

Step No. 1: Store your retainer in a safe place – If you keep your appliance in a safe and secure place, there is a smaller chance of losing it. This is why it’s best to put your retainer in its case as soon as you take it out of your mouth. Next, keep the case safe by putting it in a place you’ll remember, like your purse, pocket, or bathroom drawer. If you put it in your pocket, make sure you refrain from sitting on it.

Step No. 2: Clean your appliance regularly – Make it a habit to clean your retainer each time you brush your teeth. To properly clean it, you can soak it in denture cleaner. All you need to do is put the cleanser pod into a warm cup of water, put the retainer in the cup, and let it soak for the time that is recommended on the cleaner label. When the time has passed, rinse the retainer with water before putting it back over your teeth.

If you follow these instructions, there is a good chance you’ll take care of your retainer and it will help you maintain your straight and beautiful smile. To learn more about how to take care of your retainer in Avon, Sandusky and Wadsworth, Ohio, please feel free to call our office. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla and Inayat Ashai if you have any concerns about your appliance. We are happy to help you!