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3 Reasons to Keep Your Retainer Spotless

February 26, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Chris Meunier, DDS
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A straight smile is more beautiful and typically healthier because properly aligned teeth are easier to clean and maintain. For some adults, however, the thought of a face full of brackets and wires is enough to keep them from seeking orthodontic treatment. 

Six Month Smiles in Evansville, IN

Fortunately, we offer Six Month Smiles in our Evansville, IN dental office as a solution that gives you a straight, beautiful smile in only about six months – perhaps a little more or less, depending on your needs. Six Month Smiles also uses tooth-colored brackets for more discreet treatment.

Adult patients find Six Months Smiles more convenient for their busy lifestyles. Since it focuses on the teeth that are visible when you smile, treatment is shorter and less complex.

Retainer Use with Six Month Smiles

Using a retainer is essential for any type of orthodontic treatment. Otherwise, you run the risk of orthodontic relapse – teeth drifting to their original position.

Keeping your retainer clean is essential for three main reasons.

Preventing bacterial growth – Bacteria causes gum disease. Failure to keep your retainer clean can increase your risk of periodontal disease.

Keeping your breath fresh – Bacteria causes a nasty odor. Your retainer, as with any oral appliance, can cause your mouth to smell foul.

Preventing damage to your retainer – Bacteria damages teeth and can also cause your retainer to become damaged. 

How Often You Should Clean Your Retainer

The best approach to retainer care is to clean it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and appropriate cleanser each time you brush your teeth – morning and night. Some people who build extra tartar may need an additional midday cleaning.

As you graduate to nighttime retainer use only, you should still clean your retainer in the morning and before you put it in your mouth at night. Bacteria reproduce quickly, especially in a moist environment.

For more information about Six Month Smiles in Evansville, IN and proper retainer care, contact our practice to schedule an appointment.

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