If you have a Hawley retainer, which is a removable appliance that is made of plastic and a metal wire, then you need to take care of it if you want it to care for your smile. If you keep your retainer in tip-top shape, it can help you maintain the straight teeth you have accomplished. To help you care for your Hawley retainer in Austin, Texas, our orthodontist, Dr. Joseph P. Goodson, has some instructions for you.
– Make sure to clean your appliance daily. To do so, brush it after you brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. You can also soak it in denture cleaner to further kill plaque and bacteria.
– Keep your retainer away from hot water and hot environments. This is vital because the heat can change the fit of the retainer by warping and melting the plastic. It’s best to keep it in a cool or room-temperature environment so it can maintain its fit.
– Store the retainer in a special place when it’s not in your mouth. This will help you avoid losing it or breaking it. Make sure you use the case provided when you store the retainer.
Do you have questions about how to care for a Hawley retainer? If so, please reach out to our orthodontic team at Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS when you can. All you need to do is dial 512-258-6683 and we will be happy to help you!