A retainer is absolutely critical to maintaining that alignment after your braces are removed. Without it the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments could pull your teeth out of their ideal alignment in a process known as relapse.
A clear plastic retainer is very similar to the durable, clear plastic aligner trays used by competitive brands like Invisalign.
You should keep your clear plastic retainer it in the case that was provided by your orthodontist when you’re not wearing it. It’s not a bad idea to simply keep the case with you, rather than improvise by keeping it in a napkin or a plastic bag.
You should avoid brushing the clear plastic retainer as it can cause the plastic to dull and scuff. This could make it more noticeable to the casual observer. You should rinse the retainer and then refresh it in an equal mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash.
You can brush your retainer with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. This will help remove any plaque buildup and keep the retainer fresh.
Make sure you maintain your daily hygiene routine, which includes brushing and flossing twice per day. If you retainer suffers any bent wires or damage, call us immediately.
If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your retainer please call us at 208.529.8333 so we can answer your questions or schedule an appointment.