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Do you have questions about how to care for your retainer? If so, our orthodontist, Dr. Dwayne Patritto, is happy to help you. It’s important to find the answers to your questions because you need to know how to properly and effectively care for your retainer. That way you can keep it in tip-top shape and it can keep your smile in tip-top shape. So, our orthodontist is happy to help you by giving you the answers to the following commonly asked questions:

Question No. 1: How should I clean my retainer?
Answer: You should clean your retainer by rinsing it with water each time you take it out of the mouth. You should also brush it daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. If necessary, you can also use denture cleaner to clean your retainer.

Question No. 2: How should I care for my retainer?
Answer: You should care for your retainer by keeping it in the case provided as well as in a safe place. That way it won’t get damaged or lost. You should also avoid putting it in the sun or a hot environment because the heat can warp the appliance.

Question No. 3: What happens if I lose or damage my retainer?
Answer: Typically, you will come back into our office to get a replacement. Our orthodontist will take measurements to fit you for a new one. This might take some time, so you might need to visit our office twice. You will generally need to pay for a replacement retainer.

If you have any questions about retainer care in Ottumwa, Iowa, please contact Patritto Orthodontics when you can. Our orthodontic team will be happy to tell you all you need to know, so please don’t hesitate to dial 641-682-8143 now!