How to Make Retainers More Comfortable

How to Make Retainers More Comfortable
Posted on 07/10/2023

After completing your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Dann Orthodontics, a provider of adult orthodontics in Orlando Fl, you will have a perfectly aligned smile that you can flaunt with confidence. However, you must not ignore the next crucial step - wearing retainers.

Retainers are used to hold your teeth in their new position while your gums and bones adjust to keep them in place. They help prevent your teeth from relapsing and moving back to their original position. However, some people find them uncomfortable and difficult to wear. Here, we will discuss how you can make your retainers more comfortable.

Clean Your Retainers Regularly

Over time, bacteria and plaque build-up on retainers, making them smelly and less comfortable to wear. So, it is essential to clean your retainers regularly using a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap or retainer cleaner.

Soak Your Retainers

Dr. Dann recommends soaking your retainers in a cleaning solution to remove any bacteria or stains left after brushing your retainers. After you consult Dr. Dann, your Orlando orthodontist, follow all the instructions on how to soak your retainers. Don't forget to rinse your retainers thoroughly before wearing them again.

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Wear Your Retainers Regularly

As your teeth are adjusting to their new position, it is crucial to wear your retainers regularly to maintain proper alignment. If you skip wearing your retainer for a few days, your teeth may start to shift back. To prevent this from happening, wear your retainers as per Dr. Dann's instructions, whether it is for 22 hours a day or only during the night.

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Replace Your Retainers Regularly

With time, your retainers may become less effective and less comfortable to wear. They may also become loose or develop cracks and other signs of wear and tear. If your retainer feels uncomfortable or does not fit correctly anymore, it may be time to replace it. Consult Dr. Dann about when to replace your retainers.

Make Adjustments to Your Retainers

Sometimes making minor adjustments to your retainers can help make them more comfortable or even more effective. If your retainers are causing soreness, irritation, or popping out of place, schedule a visit with Dr. Dann, a provider of adult orthodontics in Orlando Fl. We may need to adjust your retainer to make it fit better and more comfortably.

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If you experience any discomfort or notice any problems with your retainers, it is best to consult with Dr. Dann, your Orlando orthodontist. At our dental practice located in Winter Park and Orlando, we are always happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have about maintaining your lovely smile.