We are now located in Aurora at 5001 S. Parker Rd., Suite 201 — on the NW corner of S. Parker Rd. and E. Belleview Ave. in the Point Belleview building.
Retainers live in your mouth along with bacteria, plaque and leftover food particles. You should clean your removable retainers every day, but make sure to check with Dr. Shaver about how your specific type of retainer should be cleaned (some kinds shouldn't be cleaned with toothpaste). You may be able to soak your retainers in mouthwash or a denture-cleaning agent to freshen it and kill germs, but be sure to check with Dr. Shaver first.
The plastic in your retainers can crack if it gets too dry, so always store your retainers in water when they aren't in your mouth. Plastic warps easily, so don't put your retainers in hot water or leave them near a heat source — like on a heating vent, for example. Finally, do not bend the wires. Flipping your retainers around in your mouth can be fun (and funny), but it will cause the wires to bend – don't flip your retainers around in your mouth!
Try your best not to lose your retainers. Your retainers are expensive and your Mom or Dad will have to pay for lost or damaged retainers. Worse yet, they might ask you to help pay for new ones! So put your retainers in the case when you take them out and try to keep the case with your retainers in the same spot at home when you're not wearing them.
The safest place for your retainers is in your mouth! Since your retainers are removable, you can easily take them out, so there may be a tendency not to wear the retainers as prescribed. This is definately not a good thing to do because your teeth and jaws will likely move back to their original position.
When you do remove your retainers, follow these tips: