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Do you have a plastic retainer, which is also known as a clear retainer? If so, you need to care for it regularly so it can care for your smile. If you don’t keep it in tip-top shape, there is a good chance it won’t be completely effective in keeping your teeth straight. So, to help you care for your plastic retainer in Vista, California, our orthodontist, Dr. Jerrold Hennes, has some instructions for you.

-Rinse your retainer regularly throughout the day. This is important because bacteria and plaque can quickly form on the appliance. So, every time you take the retainer out of your mouth, rinse it with warm water.

-Clean your retainer daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. It has also been found helpful to use antimicrobial toothpaste. Just scrub your retainer and then rinse it with cool water when you’re done.

-Keep your retainer in a safe place where it won’t be lost or damaged.

If you have any questions about how to care for a plastic retainer, please contact Hennes Orthodontics at (760) 598.1707 when you can. Our orthodontic team is here to help you in any way we can, so please remember to call at your earliest convenience!