An important part of orthodontic treatment plans is the use of a retention device, or retainer. These are typically fitted to a patient at the end of the braces treatment, upon removal of the appliance. Retainers may also be used in lieu of braces in some cases where misalignment is less severe.
Caring for Your Retainer
During the retention phase it is important to continue to brush and floss regularly, as well as thoroughly clean the retainer. Food particles and plaque can accumulate in the retainer just as easily as in your teeth, so be sure to soak the appliance daily in water and brush it well before replacing it in your mouth. This will ensure that the appliance tastes better and is free of plaque and bacteria. Only soak the appliance in warm water as hot water can distort the form of the retainer.
At Parker Orthodontics, we specialize in providing the most attentive, personalized care throughout each phase of your orthodontic treatment. If you have questions or concerns about your orthodontic retainer, please call our office to schedule an appointment.