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Do you have questions about retainers? If so, our orthodontist, Dr. Derick Phan, strongly recommends finding the answers quickly. Knowing all about retainers can help you maintain a top-notch appliance and can even help you care for your smile. So, it’s best to start looking for your answers. To help you do so, our orthodontist is happy to share the answers to the following commonly asked questions about retainers:

Question No. 1: What types of retainers are available?
Answer: There are many different types of retainers available, but the most commonly used retainer is the Hawley retainer. This retainer has an acrylic base (which is typically custom made to your liking) and a metal wire. The base sits on the palate while the wire hugs the teeth tightly.

Question No. 2: What does my retainer do for me?
Answer: Your retainer helps you maintain the straight smile you’ve worked so hard for. Because your teeth are used to moving, there is a chance they’ll move back after treatment. Your retainer will help keep them in place.

Question No. 3: How can I keep my retainer in tip-top shape?
Answer: You need to clean your retainer regularly. You can do so by rinsing it with water each time you take it out of the mouth and brushing it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste regularly. You can even use denture cleaner to clean it.

Call Phan Orthodontics today at 408.251.7901 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our orthodontic team will be happy to tell you all about retainers in San Jose, California. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!