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Archive for the ‘Cleaning Your Braces & Retainers’ Category

How to Clean an Orthodontic Retainer

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 13th, 2015
How to Clean an Orthodontic Retainer

Orthodontic retainers are the devices that orthodontists give patients to minimize the movement of their teeth after the braces have been removed. As I have discussed in other articles about retention, retainers are forever! There is no part of the human body that does not sag or wrinkle with age, and the teeth are no exception. Since you’re going to need a retainer from now on, let’s talk about how to keep it clean. First of all, realize that all retainers get dirty and wear out with use. Like contact lenses or shoes that are worn daily, your retainer will…

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When Do I Need a New Orthodontic Retainer?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on November 20th, 2015
When Do I Need a New Orthodontic Retainer?

Perhaps the happiest day of treatment for orthodontic patients is the day the braces come off. Patients are happy. Parents are happy. Doctors are happy! Getting your braces off however is more like a “commencement” from high school than a graduation from college. No matter what treatment was provided, no matter how perfectly the teeth were aligned, the day the braces come off is just the start of a life-long need to retain (or hold) the teeth in the best position possible. Lifetime retention should not come as a surprise to anyone as there is nothing else on the human…

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Seven Tips for Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 14th, 2014
Seven Tips for Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

It is challenging to brush your teeth when you have orthodontic braces. Here are some tips that will help you keep your teeth clean so that they will look even more amazing when the braces come off. First, always use a soft toothbrush. The most important place to keep clean while your braces are on is above your braces (between the braces and the gums). Since this space is right next to the gums, it is impossible to brush the enamel surface without contacting the gums with the bristles. Hard and medium toothbrushes can damage gums and must be avoided.…

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How to Floss Your Permanent Retainer

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on October 11th, 2014
How to Floss Your Permanent Retainer

One of the most challenging things about having a permanent retainer is keeping it clean. Retainers that are bonded behind the teeth look nice and do their job pretty much without your help. Unfortunately they also tend to accumulate plaque and require more time and effort when you are flossing. As you know from my other articles, I’m not a fan of permanent retainers that are bonded to every tooth. Although they are the most reliable when it comes to preventing tooth movement after your braces come off, they are also the most difficult to care for afterwards. There are…

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