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Four Fun Facts About Retainers

July 15, 2015

You’re not off the hook once you’ve gotten your braces taken off. It’s a well-known fact that if you want your teeth to remain straight after orthodontic treatment, you’re going to need to wear your retainers. Retainers are expensive to replace and getting a fresh set of braces as an adult is not an ideal situation, here are a few fun facts about retainers. They should help you remember to keep them safe.

  1. Retainers are shaped with heat. They’ll easily distort if you leave them, say on a dashboard, in a sunny window or your pocket all afternoon.
  2. Retainers are made custom to your mouth. Wear them for 22 hours a day at least to ensure your teeth don’t shift back.
  3. Retainers can get dirty. Make sure you clean them daily with either denture cleaning tablets or just your toothbrush to prevent bad breath.
  4. Your pets want your retainer more than you do. Keep them out of reach of Fido.

Keeping your retainers in good repair is easy. However, because they’re not glued to your teeth, they can be hard to remember. If you can keep your retainers clean, you’ll want them in your mouth. When they’re in your mouth they’re away from harm.

Retain Your Retainer for Years to Come!

March 19, 2015

At Ortega Orthodontics we love to share in the experience when our patients get their braces off and see the smile they’ve always wanted. While braces are a major component of orthodontics, they’re certainly not the only component. When it comes to your smile, your retainer is your best friend.

After your braces are removed, your orthodontist in Jacksonville will fabricate a retainer for you to wear for as long as possible. When cared for, these appliances can last you for a lifetime, ensuring a long lasting smile. Your retainer should be properly stored in its case at all times when not in your mouth. Keep the retainer in a safe location, hidden away from pets and children. Wearing your retainer more often actually protects it from these everyday threats.

Whether you’re just getting your braces on, on or you’re just getting your braces off, we’re excited for your new smile! Contact your orthodontist in Jacksonville today with any questions about wearing or storing your braces. We look forward to helping you achieve a lifelong healthy smile!