If you have a permanent retainer, then you need to take good care of your teeth. This is because plaque and bacteria can gather around the retainer and promote dental issues, like cavities and gum disease. So, it’s best to do all you can to care for your smile while your permanent retainer helps you maintain your straight teeth. To help you, our orthodontist, Dr. Ronald Champion, has the instructions you need.
-Brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing can help you remove the plaque and bacteria that grow around the appliance. All you need to do is use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and brush behind your teeth and around the retainer thoroughly.
-Floss your teeth once a day. Make sure to floss above and below the retainer. This can help you remove the plaque and bacteria that your brush couldn’t reach. This might be a tough task, so it’s best to use floss threaders to get the floss in the little nooks and crannies around the appliance.
-Visit your dentist regularly for your dental checkups. This is very important because the dental team will thoroughly clean around and under the appliance and help you avoid dental issues.
If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about permanent retainers in Modesto, California, please contact Dr. Ronald L. Champion, DDS at 209.575.5888 when you have the chance. Our orthodontic team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!