Just like your teeth, retainers require regular maintenance and care. The mouth is home to micro-organisms and plaque as well as leftover food particles, so to ensure that the retainers are hygienically sound, it is necessary to clean them as often as after every meal.
Retainers are either totally made of plastic or constructed of a combination of plastic and metal wires. To prevent them from drying up and cracking while not in use, they are soaked in water or a special solution to keep them wet. There are certain types of retainers that require a particular kind of cleaner; the patient should consult with the orthodontist on what to use.
Retainers that are made of plastic could warp if placed in hot water. Just like dental braces, patients using retainers often must pass dental floss through the small space between the retainer and the teeth.
Now you can kiss your overbite or underbite goodbye. Have an attractive smile that’s truly remarkable from an expert’s perspective. Call us in Wilbraham today at (413) 596-9657 or use our online Request an Appointment form. Our patients come to us from the Pioneer Valley (Hampden County, MA) towns of Hampden, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Wilbraham and East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.