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Your orthodontist, Dr. Anthony Scoma, provided your child with their new retainer to help hold their teeth in their new, beautiful position. This is a key step to preserving the realignment their braces created.

This retainer will need daily care and cleaning to guarantee its maximum effectiveness. If any part of the device is become damaged or worn, this can increase the amount of time your child needs to wear the retainer.

An important part of this care is to take their retainer out while they are eating. This will prevent food particles from getting trapped under the retainer and keeps it safe from cracking while they are chewing..

When the retainer is not in their mouth, encourage your child to keep it safely in its case. If they are wearing the retainer in the daytime, it’s best to get them in the habit of keeping the case quick in hand. Otherwise, the best place for it may be the bathroom sink or their nightstand.

They can clean the retainer by soaking it for a few minutes in an equal mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash. They will also want to lightly brush it every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.

If your child had their teeth corrected by braces at Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc in La Jolla, California and one of you have a question about how they can best maintain their retainer, you can call 858-551-9700 to speak to a staff member at Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc.