Hooray, you’re finally finished wearing braces or Invisalignaligners! It’s finally time to show the world your smile! However, if you want to keep your new smile, it’s vital that you wear your retainer. A retainer is a special mold that helps keep your teeth in place and prevents them from reverting to their old alignment. Now, let’s dive deeper into the world of wearing retainers:

Wearing a Retainer

Wearing a retainer varies from person to person. In general, once your permanent braces have been removed, you will be told to wear your retainer all day and night. Some discomfort may occur but this will fade in a day or two. Once your dentist has checked on your progress, you will then start to wear your retainer only at night. Remember to remove your retainer when playing sports, eating, and drinking.

Types of Retainers

There are many different types of retainers. Bonded retainers are a semi-permanent solution and are placed on the back of your lower front teeth. Other options include Essix or Hawley retainers. Essix retainers are made of clear plastic molded to your teeth. Hawley retainers consist of wire and plastic and are easy for your dentist to adjust. Talk to our dentists to find out which retainer is best for you!

Cleaning and Your Retainer

If you don’t remember to clean your retainer on a daily basis, it can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria…yuck! The most common way to clean a removable retainer is to scrub off any plaque build-up and to then let it soak in a dentist approved cleaning solution (such as a denture cleaner) or mouth wash.

At Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan, our patients’ smiles are important to us! If you have any questions about Invisalign treatments or retainers, please call our offices at 212-587-0202. We are always happy to assist you in any way possible!