Whether you’ve just started orthodontic treatment or are almost finished with it, taking care of your orthodontic appliances and retainers is important to maintain your healthy, beautiful smile! Check out this guide to keeping your appliances and retainers safe.
Tips for New Orthodontic Appliances
- Your new orthodontic appliance may have a plastic taste, but it will go away quickly.
- Your speech may be affected with the orthodontic appliance in, but you will adjust after a few days.
- If your appliance is making your mouth sore, try swishing salt water to relieve sore spots or taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol.
- Do not stop wearing your orthodontic appliance as instructed! Doing so can slow, stop, or even reverse your treatment! If you have questions or concerns, talk to your orthodontist before stopping treatment.
Taking Care of Your Orthodontic Appliance
Follow these tips to keep your orthodontic appliance in working order:
- Wear your orthodontic appliance as instructed. Don’t leave it out for extended periods of time, or your treatment may be extended.
- Brush your teeth after eating. Make sure to clean every face of every tooth.
- Clean your orthodontic appliance regularly.
- Be gentle when removing and replacing your orthodontic appliance to prevent distorting or breaking it.
Cleaning Your Orthodontic Appliance
- Hold your orthodontic appliance in your palm.
- Carefully brush the inside and outside surfaces. (Soap and a hand brush is better than toothpaste and a toothbrush. Toothpaste can be abrasive and may scratch your orthodontic appliances!)
- Rinse off your orthodontic appliance well with clear water.
- Remember to wear your orthodontic appliance immediately after cleaning it.
When You Remove Your Orthodontic Appliance…
… put it in a sturdy container, and put the container somewhere safe.
Don’t do the following:
- Put it in your pocket, as you may break it.
- Wrap it in a napkin or tissue, as you might throw it out.
- Leave it out somewhere, as curious siblings or pets may ruin it.
You’re well on your way to a healthier, happier smile. If you have questions or would like to schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation in El Paso, please call our office at (915) 581-5476 or visit us at JT Orthodontics.