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Over the course of multiple adjustment sessions your teeth have been pulled into a healthy and more visually appealing alignment. Now the time has come for your braces to be removed. Of course braces are only one step in the process of providing and maintaining the ideal alignment of your teeth.

The next step in the alignment process is called retention, which involves wearing a retainer during prescribed times. Without the use of a retainer the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments can pull your teeth out of their new alignment.

Clear plastic retainers are popular for individuals that have only used their braces for a short period of time, or only needed braces to resolve minor alignment issues. They are made from a very durable, clear plastic material that is very similar to the aligner trays used by brands like Invisalign.

It’s a good habit to keep your clear plastic retainer it in the case that was provided by your orthodontist, when you’re not wearing it.

After you are done wearing the retainer you should soak it in a mixture of half water and half antiseptic mouthwash. If it needs further refreshing, you should brush the unit with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to remove any plaque buildup. Just be sure to use a nonabrasive toothpaste like denture polish, so as to not buff or dull the clean plastic.

Maintaining your usual daily hygiene routine is important. Make sure that you brush and floss your teeth twice per day.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your retainer, or the unit has been damaged please call us at (505) 863-8100 so we can answer your questions or schedule an appointment.