It’s common knowledge that once your braces have been removed you’ll have to wear a retainer to help keep your teeth in the place they should be. Once your braces have been removed, your teeth may relapse back into their old position if you don’t use your retainer regularly.
However, just as with braces, a retainer comes with it own set of challenges when it comes to making sure your oral health is as good as possible. So let’s look at some tips for caring for your Hawley retainer, which is one of the most popular retainers used in post-braces treatment.
While the retainer is in your mouth, you can drink and speak normally. However, you will need to take it out when you eat. This prevents food particles from getting trapped under the retainer and it keeps the appliance from being bent or damaged.
When you’re not wearing the retainer, you should always keep it in its case. It’s best to get in the habit of keeping the case with you at all times. Keeping the retainer in a napkin or plastic bag should only be seen as a last resort.
You can refresh your Hawley retainer by soaking it for a few minutes in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water. If you notice a little plaque on the retainer or the wires, you can lightly brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
If you have any questions at all about retainers please don’t hesitate to call our team here at Bartlett & Alexander Orthodontics in Queensbury, New York. We’re here to help!