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retainer | general dentistry | hummelstown pa

A Clean Retainer Is a Healthy Retainer!

January 9, 2019
Posted By: Wesley R Davis DDS
retainers | general dentistry | hummelstown pa

Would you head out for your busy day without brushing your teeth? Probably not; for one thing, your morning breath needs to go, along with that film clinging to your teeth. Most importantly, of course, you know that conscientious oral hygiene is one of the best ways to protect your teeth.

But what about your retainer? Wearing it as prescribed after Invisalign treatment in Hershey keeps your newly straightened teeth from relapsing and undoing all your effort to attain a straighter smile. However, if you don’t care for your retainer correctly, it can compromise your oral health. 

Indications that your retainer is in need of a thorough cleaning are a foul smell or taste or a filmy, cloudy appearance. If you notice white spots, what you’re seeing is evidence of cavity-producing tartar buildup, and a cracked retainer means you’ve waited too long.

How to Clean Your Retainer

One of the benefits of drinking water is that it helps flush away bacteria and food particles that cause cavities, and the same is true of your retainer. While rinsing it with water won’t get your retainer as clean as it needs to be, it can help rinse away this debris until you can get home and clean it properly.

Combine cleaning your retainer with your daily oral hygiene routine by using your toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. This way, keeping your retainer clean becomes a habit, and you won’t ever have to worry whether or not it’s clean enough! 

Please Call Us for More Invisalign Tips!

If you have had Invisalign treatment at our Hershey, PA dental office and still have questions about keeping your retainer clean, please contact us today. Our team will be happy to review the care instructions for your retainer to ensure that it stays clean and your mouth stays healthy!

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