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Retainers: A Beginner’s Guide For Using Retainers

It may seem daunting to use retainers, but there is no need to worry because you do not have to figure this out on your own. The following guide will show you how to use and care for retainers. We are here to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible.

Retainers: A Beginner’s Guide For Using Retainers

It may seem daunting to use retainers, but there is no need to worry because you do not have to figure this out on your own. The following guide will show you how to use and care for retainers. We are here to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible.

Follow Instructions

The first thing you need to do is simply follow your orthodontist’s instructions. You will likely need to wear your retaining orthodontic appliance at all times and only remove them when you are told to do so.

Yes, You Can Eat

One major concern that some people have regarding retainers is how they should eat. All you have to do is remove your orthopedic device when you eat. Of course, you can do this discreetly; just remember to put your orthodontic appliance in its dental retainer case to keep it safe. We have noticed that people tend to lose their retainers at restaurants or cafeterias.

Cleanliness is Important

Cleaning the orthopedic device is not too hard, but it does need to be done once a day. You will need to use your regular toothbrush and toothpaste to properly clean the orthopedic device, and be sure to avoid using hot water. The orthodontic appliance is susceptible to extremely hot water, and you do not want to damage it prematurely. Cleaning your oral device will also help remove plaque and odors. Keep in mind that odors are a product of bacteria, and you do not want to put that in your mouth. Sure, you can use Efferdent® or other similar cleaners, but they cannot replace simple brushing.

Pets Can Chew on Your Device

You might find this a little strange, but pets are attracted to retainers. It is most likely due to the possibility that the orthodontic appliance may contain traces of food or smell like food, especially if you have not cleaned it yet. You want to make sure your orthopedic device is in its dental retainer case at all times when you are near your pet.

You May Need to Practice Speaking

There will be an adjustment period because there is a new addition to your mouth. This might make it hard to talk clearly, but it does not mean that it cannot be fixed. You will have to make your mouth adapt to the dental retainer. You can do this by practicing to speak or read. You can also try to sing out loud to get used to the dental retainer a little faster.

Retainer Care Matters

Retainer care matters because your orthopedic device is breakable. Not only is the orthopedic device breakable, but it can also get lost easily. Keep it in a safe place, away from children or other people who may not be as careful as you are. Of course, you can call us if something happens, and we will be happy to deal with the situation.

Being Uncomfortable Might Be Confusing

No matter what type of orthopedic device is used, patients believe that their retainers are ill-adjusted. This is possible, but this issue needs to be addressed by us. Do not try to adjust the orthopedic device on your own. We will check out the issue and tell you if the mild discomfort you are feeling is normal or if an adjustment is necessary.

Keep Your Dental Device Close By

Your orthopedic device should be with you at all times. It is very easy to forget your retainer, especially since it is removable. Whether you have an Essix retainer or a Hawley retainer, we need to see your device when you visit. We may need to make adjustments or check the condition. We do not want you to make more trips than you need to. So be sure to keep your orthopedic device close by.

Make it Last

Keep in mind that this retainer for teeth is good for your oral health. A retainer for teeth is meant to help correct dental issues that would otherwise cause more damage. You should think of this orthopedic device as a permanent retainer because it will make maintenance easier. Remember that a permanent retainer can be expensive to replace, especially if you have to do it more than once. Care for them so that they last for years, and you will not have to worry about an excessive retainer fee.

Things You Should Not Do With Your Retainer

There are two things that you should remember to avoid an additional retainer fee. The first thing is to remove the dental retainer whenever you go swimming. The reason is you have to breath repeatedly, which could loosen the oral device’s hold in your mouth. This means that you could lose it. The second thing you should remember is to keep the device away from jacuzzis, hot car dashboards, or washing machines. These areas could get too hot.

These tips should help you feel a little more comfortable with your new retainer, whether it is a Hawley retainer or an Essix retainer. Just remember that we are always here to answer any questions that you may have.