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Your retainer is very important if you wish to maintain the straight smile you have worked so hard for. However, in order for your retainer to give you the help you need, you need to keep it in top-notch condition. To help you do so, our orthodontist, Dr. R. Cree Hamilton, has some instructions for you.

-Keep your retainer in tip-top shape by cleaning it daily. If possible, clean it twice a day after you brush your teeth. All you need to do is brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. You can also soak it in denture cleaner overnight if you want a better clean.

-Keep your retainer out of hot environments. This is important because heat can warp and melt the plastic, which will change the way it fits in the mouth. Keep the appliance in a cool or room-temperature environment.

-Keep the retainer in a safe place when it’s out of your mouth, like in the case provided in your pocket, backpack, or drawer. This can help you avoid breaking and losing the retainer.

To learn more about how to care for a Hawley retainer in Las Vegas, Nevada, please contact Hamilton & Manuele Orthodontics at 702-243-3300 when you have the chance. Our orthodontic team will be happy to give you the information and help you need so you can keep your retainer in tip-top shape!