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Having questions about retainers can affect the choice you make in appliances and it can even affect the way you clean and care for your retainer, which can be dangerous. In fact, not knowing how to keep the appliance in tip-top shape can result in the failure to care for your smile. So, our orthodontist, Dr. Ponce, would like to help you find the answers to your retainer questions by proving the answers to the following commonly asked questions:

Question No. 1: What types of retainers are available?
Answer: There are many appliances available, but the Hawley retainer is the retainer that is most often used. It has an acrylic base and a metal wire. The base is oftentimes custom made to your liking and it sits on the roof of the mouth. The wire hugs the teeth tightly.

Question No. 2: What does my retainer do for me?
Answer: Your retainer helps you maintain the straight smile you’ve worked so hard for. Because your teeth are used to moving, there is a chance they’ll move back after treatment. Your retainer will help keep them in place.

Question No. 3: How can I keep my retainer in tip-top shape?
Answer: You can rinse it with water regularly and brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste daily. You can also use denture cleaner to clean the retainer. You should also keep your appliance in a safe place so it won’t get damaged or lost.

To learn more about retainers in Tucson, Arizona, please contact Friendly Smiles Orthodontics when you can. Our orthodontic team will be happy to tell you all about retainers and more if you just dial 520-326-1101 now. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!