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What is the best way to take care of permanent retainers?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Diligent cleaning

You must take special care to floss and brush around the retainer in order to prevent plaque build- up that leads to calculus and tooth decay.

In brief: Diligent cleaning

You must take special care to floss and brush around the retainer in order to prevent plaque build- up that leads to calculus and tooth decay.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Clean

I assume that what you call a "permanent retainer" is a wire bonded to the tongue side of the teeth.
Extremely effective, but require specialized care. 1) Brush gently every time you brush your teeth, 2) Floss or Water-Pic daily between the wire and the gum line (floss threaders are helpful), 3) Do NOT eat anything hard/sticky/chewy that would knock wire loose

In brief: Clean

I assume that what you call a "permanent retainer" is a wire bonded to the tongue side of the teeth.
Extremely effective, but require specialized care. 1) Brush gently every time you brush your teeth, 2) Floss or Water-Pic daily between the wire and the gum line (floss threaders are helpful), 3) Do NOT eat anything hard/sticky/chewy that would knock wire loose
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Keep them clean

Soap and water-- not toothpaste.

In brief: Keep them clean

Soap and water-- not toothpaste.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Permanent retainers

By permanent retainers, you mean glued to the back of your teeth? Diligent brushing and flossing is necessary to maintain the teeth they are attached to.
Plaque and tarter are more prone to accumulating in the nooks and crannies between the retainers and teeth. You will also need to avoid hard foods like carrots that will sheer the retainers off if bitten into.

In brief: Permanent retainers

By permanent retainers, you mean glued to the back of your teeth? Diligent brushing and flossing is necessary to maintain the teeth they are attached to.
Plaque and tarter are more prone to accumulating in the nooks and crannies between the retainers and teeth. You will also need to avoid hard foods like carrots that will sheer the retainers off if bitten into.
Dr. Gary Chapman
Dr. Gary Chapman
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