How To Make The Most Of Your Retainer

If you have had your teeth straightened recently, you are most likely using an Invisalign retainer. Although there are many different kinds of retainers that you can use that will require different levels of care, there are a few tried and true ways to ensure that you are getting the most out of your time with your retainer. If you are interested in learning more about how to get the healthy smile you have always dreamed of or have any other questions about your overall dental health, contact the elite team here at Gruelle Dempsey Orthodontics today. As one of the top five Invisalign providers in the world and one of the top orthodontic practices in the Midwest, we are always here to help you get the best possible care for your needs. Here are a few ways that you can make the most of your time with your retainer.

When To Wear Your Retainer

First and foremost, it is extremely important that you follow our recommendations when it comes to wearing your retainers. Depending on where you are in your teeth-straightening journey, you may need to be wearing your retainer for the majority of the day, or maybe just during the nighttime. Your retainer is designed to actively keep your teeth from drifting back to their previous condition, which would inevitably happen over time if left uncorrected. Even leaving your retainers out for a week at a time can make a visible difference in the overall straightness of your teeth. Putting your retainers back in after such an extended period can cause discomfort as your retainer now has to actively move your teeth back into position after any drifting that may have occurred. Whenever possible, we recommend leaving your retainers in as often as you possibly can to ensure that your teeth stay straight and you feel no pain or discomfort.

Cleaning & Care Tips

One of the main reasons you should take your retainer out is to do your routine cleanings. Just like your teeth, your retainer will get dirty over time and will require some basic care and cleaning. We recommend that you brush your retainer at least twice a week using room temperature water in the same way that you would brush your teeth. Never use hot water, as hot temperatures can warp the plastic, making it almost unusable. Whenever you aren’t wearing your retainer, make sure that you keep it in its case to ensure that it doesn’t get lost or damaged. If you notice yourself playing with your retainer with your tongue, try to stop, as doing so could damage the retainer or even your teeth. Please also bring your retainer into any appointment you have with us so that we can adjust it or help give you tips to ensure that you are getting the most out of your treatment plan.

If you are interested in learning more about your overall oral health or want to start your teeth-straightening journey, contact our team here at Gruelle Dempsey Orthodontics today. We look forward to helping you get the smile of your dreams!