Retainers are a necessary part of most orthodontic treatments and are important for maintaining your result after your braces have been removed or your aligners are completed. As with your braces and oral appliances, keeping them clean is important to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Be sure to brush your retainer every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth - so soaking your retainer daily is also a good idea. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your retainer once a day. Your retainer will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.
Congratulations! Your time in braces is over, but don't let all of that time (and money) go to waste by not wearing your retainers! There are two types of removable retainers, Hawleys and Overlays that we provide to help maintain your new smile. Here are a couple of important things to remember during your retention stage: