Prevent Broken Or Damaged Retainers
The best way to prevent having to deal with broken or damaged retainers is to make sure you put them in your mouth correctly and gently and remove them with care. To do this, make sure you use one finger on each side of your retainer to guarantee that it is going into and coming out of your mouth at the same pace on each side. A retainer that is shoved in is more likely to be damaged prematurely.
It is also important to use caution when cleaning your retainers. If you are brushing your retainer forcefully on one side while holding the other you may be exerting too much force on the retainer. Instead, hold your retainer flat in one palm while brushing it to guarantee that pressure is spread evenly and brush gently around the wires.
Here are some tips for cleaning your retainer:
- Rinse retainer with warm water
- Brush retainer with a soft bristled brush and non-whitening toothpaste
- Scrub retainer with baking soda and water mixture to remove buildup
- Occasionally use non-alcoholic mouthwash to clean the retainer and then rinse with cold water
To safely store your retainer, always put them back in the storage case you received from your orthodontist. A retainer that is safely stowed will be safe from accidents, pets and atmospheric changes.
What To Do If Your Retainer Is Broken Or Lost
Since you just went through all the time, effort, and money to have your teeth straightened, the last thing you want is for them to shift! If you find yourself with a broken or missing retainer your best option is to contact your orthodontist, especially if you are sure that the missing retainer will not show up again.
Your orthodontist may have a 3D image of your teeth in their files and could create a retainer based on that or they may have to take a new mold of your teeth to have a new retainer made. Either way, it is better not to let much time pass without wearing your retainer to guarantee your teeth stay in their new position.
Contact Your Fort Worth Orthodontist Quick
If your retainer is broken, missing, or you just want to make sure it is fitting properly, your best option is to contact an experienced orthodontist office. At Ahava Orthodontics, our goal is to provide you excellent orthodontic care in a friendly, professional atmosphere. If you need help with a broken or lost retainer, or just want peace of mind that your retainer is fitting correctly, contact us today to set up an appointment!