- Step 1: Brush retainer Using toothpaste, brush your retainer with your toothbrush or retainer brush in the morning and evening.
- TIP: Soaking your retainer in mouthwash a few times a day will help kill off germs.
- Step 2: Remove to eat Always remove your retainer when you eat.
- TIP: Keep a spare container in the kitchen and/or dining room so you always have a place to keep your retainer while you eat.
- Step 3: Soak in water Soak you retainer in cool water when you are not wearing it.
- Step 4: Don't bend wires Don't bend the wires or flip the retainer around in your mouth.
- Step 5: Keep in its case Keep your retainer in its case if you are transporting it somewhere and not wearing it.
- Step 6: Don't leave in heat Never leave your retainer near a source of heat--it could melt. Then it's back to the gooey stuff...
- FACT: That gooey stuff is actually rubber--once it's removed from your mouth, plaster is poured over it, creating a cast used to craft your lovely plastic retainer.
You Will Need
- Your retainer
- A plastic retainer case
- A toothbrush or retainer brush
- Some toothpaste
- And some water
- Mouthwash (optional) (optional)
- And spare containers (optional) (optional)