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If you have questions about how to properly care for your retainer, you have come to the right blog. Today, our orthodontist is happy to share some information with you to help you keep your appliance in tip-top shape. The more you know, the better chance you have of properly cleaning and caring for your appliance, which helps the appliance keep your smile healthy, strong and attractive. So, to help you, Dr. Maynard Davenport would like to provide the answers to the following commonly asked questions about retainer care:

Question No. 1: How should I clean my retainer?
Answer: You should clean your retainer daily. First, rinse it with water right when you remove it from the mouth. Then, brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste to remove plaque and debris. For further cleaning, you can use denture cleaning solution.

Question No. 2: How should I care for my retainer?
Answer: You should avoid putting your retainer in hot environments. The heat can warp the appliance and affect its fit. You should also keep your retainer in its case and in a safe place when it’s not in the mouth. That way you reduce your chances of damaging or losing it.

Question No. 3: What happens if I lose or damage my retainer?
Answer: You will need to come into our office for a replacement retainer. Our orthodontist will take measurements to make you a new one. You will likely need to come back to pick it up. You will also need to pay for the replacement retainer.

Do you have additional questions that weren’t included in this blog? If so, all you need to do is contact Maynard V Davenport Orthodontics at 928-367-2939. Our orthodontic team will be more than happy to tell you all about retainer care in Lakeside, Arizona. We look forward to hearing from you!