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Even after your braces have been removed, there will still be a small amount of residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that secure your teeth in your mouth. If your braces were only needed to provide a small amount of realignment, then your orthodontist, Dr. Bryan Brassington, might recommend wearing a clear plastic retainer. This style of a retainer is very hard for the casual observer to notice.

Wearing your clear plastic retainer during the prescribed times and adequately maintaining it will keep your wear time to a bare minimum. You should expect to use the retainer for about as long as you wore your braces.

You can drink normally while you are wearing your clear plastic retainer, but you should take the retainer out of your mouth when you eat. When you’re not wearing it, you should keep it in the case provided so you don’t have to improvise with something like a plastic bag or napkin.

You can refresh your clear plastic retainer each night by soaking it in a mixture of half cold water and half antiseptic mouthwash. If you notice a little plaque buildup, you can lightly brush the retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. You should avoid using abrasive toothpaste because it could dull the plastic material and make the retainer more noticeable.

If you have any questions about how to properly take care of your clear plastic retainer in Richmond, Virginia, you can always call Richmond Orthodontics at 804-740-7281 for further advice.