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Your retainer is strong enough to keep your chompers in place after an orthodontic appliance shifted them. However, it’s not quite strong enough to handle poor care. This means if you want to maintain a straight, healthy, and stunning smile, then you need to keep your retainer clean and pristine. To help you do just that, Dr. Joseph P. Goodson has some helpful tips and recommendations for you!

Recommendation No. 1: Clean your retainer each time you clean your smile. To clean it throughout the day, you can scrub it with antibacterial soap. To deeply clean it, you can soak it in denture cleaner. To make the cleanser, fill a cup with warm water and add the cleanser. Next, add the retainer and let it soak for the recommended amount of time mentioned on the package. When the time has expired, rinse it with water.

Recommendation No. 2: Keep your retainer in a safe place. To help you do so, we recommend putting it in its little retainer box when you take it out of your mouth. Once it’s secure in its container, please put the container in a place that is memorable and safe. This can be in your bathroom drawer, bathroom cupboard, or bedside table.

Call Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS today if you would like to ask our orthodontic team about how to care for a retainer in Austin, Texas. We are here to help you in any way we can because we want you to maintain the smile you have always wanted. So, please don’t hesitate to call 512-258-6683. We look forward to helping you!