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If your orthodontist has recently given you a retainer but you’re not exactly sure how to take care of it, our Sunshine Dental Group team has some tips for you!

Retainer care is extremely important, especially because if you don’t take good care of it, it can harbor plaque and bacteria and can harm and destroy your pearly whites. So, to help you keep your retainer in top-notch condition, Dr. Jorge de la Osa and our team recommend doing the following things:

Properly store your retainer
If you properly store your retainer, you won’t risk losing it. This is why we ask you to place your appliance in its container immediately after you’ve taken it out of your mouth. Then, keep the container safe by putting it in your purse, pocket, or backpack. Please be careful not to sit on it or squish it.

Clean your retainer
When you brush your teeth each day, clean your retainer as well. You can clean the appliance by soaking it in denture cleaner, like Efferdent and Polident. Soak it for the recommended amount of time in warm—not hot—water. Please remember to rinse the retainer before you put it back in your mouth.

To learn more about retainer care in El Monte, California, or to talk to your orthodontist about your concerns, please call 626.579.4274 and schedule an appointment. The sooner you call our office, the sooner you’ll better understand the importance of retainers and the sooner you’ll get to solve your problems. We look forward to talking with you!