Your retainer is an important appliance that can keep your smile straight and healthy for a lifetime. However, this is only the case if you take good care of it. This means you need to clean and care for your retainer regularly. To help you do so, Dr. Maynard Davenport and our orthodontic team have some helpful tips and recommendations.
Tip No. 1: Clean your retainer each time you clean your teeth and gums. You can clean your retainer by soaking it in cleaner, like denture cleaner. To make the solution and clean the appliance, fill a cup with warm water, add the cleanser, and then add the retainer. Just let it soak in the solution for the recommended amount of time mentioned on the cleaner container. When it is done soaking, rinse it in water.
Tip No. 2: Keep your retainer in a safe and memorable place. This means put it in its little retainer box when you are done using it. Once it’s secure in its container, place the container in a spot that you will remember and a place where the appliance won’t warp or be harmed. This can be in your bathroom cupboard, bathroom drawer, or bedside table.
To learn more about how to clean and care for your retainer in Lakeside, Arizona, please call Maynard V Davenport Orthodontics at 928-367-2939 at your earliest convenience and schedule an appointment. Our orthodontic team will be happy to meet with you, examine your retainer and your smile, and give you the proper cleaning tips you need so you can keep your appliance in tip-top shape!