In our last blog we touched on a few of the reasons that consistently using a retainer is important, and in our blog post this week we are going to cover a few more pieces of information, advice and more that will help provide you with a better understanding of what your retainer’s purpose is and how to make wearing it easier and effective.
Storing Where You’ll Remember to Wear It
Retainers can only be effective if they are worn on a regular basis, so we strongly suggest leaving your retainer in a place where you will remember to wear it. Sometimes the most obvious places are also the easiest places to lose a retainer. One of the places that we hear about people using often is the bedside table, where you can remember to pop it in before bed. While this is an easy place to remember where your retainer is, make sure that you’re also remember to brush and clean your retainer after it has been used.
Use the Right Care Techniques
Retainers don’t taste great when they’re brand new, in fact they’re pretty likely to taste just like the plastic that they’re made out of. A great way to counter this is through the routine care techniques that will keep your retainer both clean, and fresh. Stay away from any products that will affect the plastic and mold of the retainer, and take a couple of extra minutes to brush your retainer with standard toothpaste and toothbrush. You’ll notice that bland taste of plastic will go away in no time, and that your retainer will look and feel nice and fresh each time you use it.
Wearing your retainer should not be something that you dread. If you are experiencing any discomfort with your retainer or need to explore new techniques of maintaining a nice straight smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Trainor. As a team we can help you find the best method of maintaining your smile.