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Now that Haws Family Dentistry has successfully adjusted and realigned your teeth for a more functional mouth and appealing smile, the time has come to have your braces removed. However, it’s important to keep in mind that adjusting your teeth with braces was just the first phase of the realignment process. Once your braces are removed a retention phase is required to make sure your teeth will stay in their ideal alignment for many years to come.

A clear plastic retainer is called for, if your braces only performed a small amount of adjustment to the alignment of your teeth. This style of retainer is very similar to aligner trays like Invisalign and Clear Correct. The clear plastic material makes it hard for the casual observer to even notice you’re wearing it.

While you are wearing your clear plastic retainer you can drink normally. However, you not wearing it when you are eating and you should never use tobacco products while the clear plastic retainer is in your mouth.

By keeping your new clear plastic retainer clean and wearing it during the prescribed times, you can keep the amount of time you need to wear a retainer to the bare minimum.

Each time you take your clear plastic retainer out, you should rinse it to remove lingering food particles and plaque. You should also refresh your clear plastic retainer each night, by soaking it in a mixture of half cold water and half antiseptic mouthwash. You can lightly brush the interior with a soft tooth brush and nonabrasive toothpaste to remove any stuck on plaque. Try not to use an abrasive toothpaste as this could dull the plastic material and make it more noticeable when you’re wearing it.

If you have any questions about how to properly take care of your clear plastic retainer, please call Dr. Haws Family Dentistry at 435-734-9144 to schedule an appointment.