Looking after your removable retainers or Invisalign aligners
When the aligners are removed, your orthodontic treatment does not finish. Retainers are necessary for maintaining the stability of your new tooth arrangement. The braces or aligners drive the teeth back into the mouth, resulting in bone absorption in the back of the mouth. You must wear the retainers for a period designated by Dr. Rouba Sbano in order to keep your new appearance. Patients are frequently required to utilise these products for the remainder of their lives. The time frame can be as short as three months, depending on the circumstances. Retainers are only worn on occasion, usually three to five times each week, by individuals who wear them their entire lives. Maintaining your retainers is critical to keeping your teeth in place. The care of the retainers can be carried out as follows:
Regularly Clean your retainers
Treat your retainers as though they were your natural teeth! After each use, gently scrub your retainer with a toothbrush and water. Brushing your retainer with toothpaste is not recommended since toothpaste can be abrasive and produce scratches, making it difficult to keep your retainer clean.
Make sure to wear them routinely
Use your retainer as regularly as your orthodontist recommends. It’s great if you keep your retainer upright to maintain your flawless smile. Retainers are only effective if you utilise them!
Keep Your Retainer away from heat
Your retainer will only be effective if it is properly fitted! Your dentist will fit it with the ideal support for your mouth, but it’s up to you to keep it that way. Avoid placing your retainer in a hot setting, such as a hot automobile or a windowsill. It’ll either melt or wrap. Never put it in boiling water; you may believe that boiling it will make it as clean as possible, but the heat will destroy your retainer.
Keep Your Pets away from your retainers
Yes, we are a nation of pet lovers, but we have been told by many patients here at Balham Dental Studio that they love to chew on retainers, it may be the scent of their owner’s saliva or the interesting look or feel or them, but they can’t keep away, so we suggest to keep your retainers safe and away from pets at all times.
Avoid Putting your retainer in Tissue
During meals, if you wrap your retainer in a napkin or tissue, it may be simple for your waiter or you to toss it away inadvertently. Keep your retainer in its storage box to avoid being thrown out!
Leave your Retainer’s to soak
Soak your retainer to give it an extra clean. You can purchase retainer cleaner in tablet form, retainer brite being one producer. After soaking for 5-10 minutes, your retainer will be spotless.
Consider replacing your retainer
Even the best-made retainer will ultimately break down. Contact your dentist if you notice that your retainer is deteriorating or acting strangely. Replacing your retainer when it’s time is a crucial aspect of keeping your smile in good shape.
Be Careful when Putting On And Taking Off Your Retainer
Make sure sure to look in the mirror is necessary when fitting or removing. Between the teeth and the retainer, there should be no space. Do not twist it with your tongue or pull it to one side when removing it. The retainer may be distorted if this does not happen. When removing your retainer, loosen it in many locations before easing it off. Don’t forget to put it back in its box!
Brush Your Teeth Before And After Wearing Your Retainer
Brush your teeth before and after putting on your retainer. If you put your support on dirty teeth, it will become dirty much more quickly, which is bad for your teeth.
Keep Your Retainer in the same place
It may seem self-evident, but don’t lose your retainer! When not in use, keep it in the bag and out of reach of dogs and children. Make sure you replace it if you lose it.
This point cannot be overstated: use your retainer! Your teeth can change as you get older. Even if you believe your teeth are straight and will remain so, you must continue to wear your retainer! Maintaining your retainer will help to keep your teeth in good shape and help you get the most out of your investment, and don’t forget to flash that wide smile. If you have any questions about retainers, please contact Balham Dental Studio on 0208 675 7210.