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After you’ve undergone orthodontic treatment, you’ll want to do all you can to make sure that you keep your smile straight and perfect afterward. Wearing a retainer is a surefire way to make sure that your teeth stay straight.

But wearing a retainer comes with its own requirements. You have to take care of it, or else you stand to lose a lot of the investment you made in getting a beautiful smile.

Why you need a retainer
The reason that a doctor will tell you to wear a retainer is to prevent your teeth from shifting after braces, or other orthodontic treatment, are completed. A retainer acts like insurance against your teeth slipping back out of alignment.

Retainer care
Here at Full Smile Orthodontics in Carlsbad, California, we see quite a few cases where improper retainer care results directly in oral health issues. You obviously want to avoid as many of these potential oral health issues as possible.

This happens when a retainer isn’t cleaned properly, causing a buildup of bacteria and other debris. Most of the severe problems that Dr. Daniel Adams sees as a result of improper retainer care stem from this bacteria buildup.

To rectify that, make sure to clean your retainer every day. Cleaning it at night before bed, and again when you wake up, is a phenomenal way to make sure your retainer stays clean.

Don’t let your retainer end up harming your teeth. Practice proper retainer care today. If you have other questions, call us today at 760.804.0080 to see how we can help.