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If you have a retainer in Yuma, Arizona, whether it’s a metal retainer or a plastic retainer, it’s important to take good care of it so it can keep your teeth in pristine condition. However, that might be a difficult task if you’re not sure how to keep your retainer in tip-top shape. So, to help you, our Yuma Orthodontics, Inc. orthodontic team has some tips and information for you.

Step No. 1: Keep your retainer safe – Many people lose their appliances because they don’t keep them in a safe place. So, to help you properly store your retainer, we recommend putting it in the retainer case as soon as you take it out of your mouth. Now that it’s in its little box, keep the box in a safe place you’ll remember, like your backpack, purse, or drawer.

Step No. 2: Clean your appliance regularly – Make it a habit to clean your retainer each time you brush your teeth. To properly clean it, you can soak it in denture cleaner. All you need to do is put the cleanser pod into a warm cup of water, put the retainer in the cup, and let it soak for the time that is recommended on the cleaner label. When the time has passed, rinse the retainer with water before putting it back over your teeth.

If you have questions or if you would like to know more about how to properly care for your retainer, please remember that you can always call our office at (928) 343-9559. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Wilson if you have any troubles and concerns for your appliance. We are happy to help you!