Staying Informed On Retainers


Retainers are known as custom-made devices that are made of wires or clear plastic. They are meant to hold your teeth in the correct place after you have completed an orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontist near Pilsen stresses the importance of retainers as they are what help preserve and stabilize your teeth after your braces are removed.

Post orthodontic care.

Different Retainer Types

Retainers are custom to fit your mouth and smile in order to keep optimal results after you’ve had an orthodontic treatment. The two types of retainers are removable and fixed.

  • Removable: This is the traditional type that has a metal wire surrounding the front teeth. The wire is attached to an acrylic arch, which will sit comfortably on the roof of your mouth. It’s possible to have the metal wires adjusted in order to continue with minor movements of your front teeth if necessary.
  • Fixed: Fixed retainers are wires that are bonded behind either your upper or lower teeth, but more commonly seen in the lower teeth. Some retainers are kept in your mouth for life or until the cement begins to loosen.

Keeping Your Retainer Clean

Types of orthodontic retainers.

In order to maintain your retainer and have it last for a while, you need to clean it regularly. Once you remove the retainer from your mouth, you should clean it immediately, getting off any debris before it hardens. Brush your retainer with lukewarm water after each meal and use mild dish soap as toothpastes may be too abrasive for the retainer. Consider brushing your teeth during this time as well. Ask your orthodontist about soaking your retainer and the correct cleaner to use.

For your fixed retainer, use a floss threader to get in the hard-to-reach areas that your toothbrush normally misses. Make sure you floss each tooth that is attached to your permanent retainer with the threader.

Consider using your retainer case whenever you take out your retainer and need somewhere to store it. If you choose to wrap it in tissue paper, or a paper towel, you are more likely to accidentally throw out the retainer.

How to Clean Removable Retainers video

Contact Us Today

If you have any questions regarding the care of your retainer, don’t hesitate your orthodontist serving Pilsen. We will address any concerns you have post-orthodontic treatment. Call us at 312.455.8803 or head over to our website to fill out a contact form. We look forward to helping you get the smile you deserve!

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