So, you’ve recently gotten your braces removed and you are on cloud nine. Not cloud eight, cloud ten isn’t a thing — cloud nine. Everything is right in the world. The grass is greener, food tastes better, water is somehow more refreshing because you are free from braces!

Truth be told, it wasn’t the worst experience in the world. In fact, it was much less unpleasant that you thought it would be. It wasn’t a walk in the park by any means, what with the frequent brushing, flossing, and requisite diet changes.

Regardless, the shackles have been lifted and you are as free as a bird!

But wait, what’s this? You need to wear a retainer from now until the end of time in order to make sure your teeth stay where they should? Yes, it’s true. You might have to wear an appliance for an extended period of time, though it certainly won’t be until the end of it.

But take heart! The upkeep of retainers is significantly less intensive than that of braces. What’s more, it’s necessary. Your braces were an investment that need to be protected in order to maintain the glowing, perfect smile you’ve achieved with the help of Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics, your trusted Thomson orthodontist! Whether you need to wear a lower-bonded retainer, a upper-bonded retainer, or neither, today’s post is all about retainer care.

If you’d like to learn how to better take care of your retainer, and hence, your teeth, by all means keep reading!

Take It Out Before Eating

We are going to assume you’ve never met anyone who has worn a retainer before, just to make sure we’ve covered all the fundamentals. So, make sure you take your retainer out prior to eating! You don’t want it to trap food. Food becomes plaque, and plaque becomes tartar. And tartar is bad news for your oral health. That’s why it’s important to carry your retainer case with you — avoid popping it into any old tissue or napkin. That’s how retainers end up in the garbage can and not your mouth where it belongs!

Clean Your Retainer Frequently

Any time that you are flossing and/or brushing your teeth, clean your retainer as well. It’s unpleasant to think about the bacteria and other germs growing on your dental appliance, but it nevertheless needs to be addressed. Not only will it be healthier for you in the long run, but it will help your breath smell better as well!

We recommend rinsing your retainer, soaking it with either mouthwash or specific tablets you can ask your orthodontist about.

Keep It Away From Heat

Almost every retainer made contains plastic elements. That’s why it’s vital you don’t expose your retainer to significant heat. This makes it vital to be cognizant of where you leave your retainer when it’s not being used. And certainly, you should avoid boiling your retainer to try to clean it!

Book Your Appointment Today!

If you’ve been looking for a local orthodontist that cares, look no further than Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics for the top orthodontia care in Augusta and Thomson! Book your appointment with the top orthodontist of Augusta today.