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Through the course of your routine adjustment sessions with your Yuma Orthodontics, Inc. orthodontist, your braces have given you a fantastic smile. Your braces can now be removed so you can enjoy your new smile.

However, there will still be a modest amount of residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth into your gums. If this tension is not counteracted in some way, your teeth will likely relapse out of their ideal position. To prevent this from occurring, Dr. Joseph Wilson will likely fit you for a retainer in Yuma, Arizona.

If you only needed braces to provide a small amount of alignment for your teeth, your orthodontist might recommend a clear, plastic retainer. This style of retainer is very similar to the aligner trays in Invisalign®. The clear plastic material makes it hard for the casual observer to even notice you’re wearing it.

You should expect to use the retainer for about the same amount of time you needed to wear braces. By keeping your new clear, plastic retainer clean and wearing it at the necessary times, you can keep the total treatment time to the bare minimum.

While you are wearing your retainer, you can drink normally. When eating, you will need to take the retainer out. When you’re not wearing it, you should keep it in the case provided rather than improvise with something like a plastic bag or napkin.

When you take your retainer out, you should rinse it under running water to remove lingering food particles and plaque. Each night, you can refresh it by soaking it in a mixture of half cold water and half antiseptic mouthwash.

Should you notice a little plaque buildup, you can lightly brush the retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Try to avoid using abrasive toothpaste as this could dull the plastic material and make it more noticeable when you’re wearing it.

If you have any questions about how to properly take care of your clear plastic retainer, you can always call Yuma Orthodontics, Inc. at (928) 343-9559 to ask a question.