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Braces work by applying tension to your teeth and the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring them in their sockets. If your teeth only need a modest amount of realignment from braces or Invisalign®, you might be a good candidate for a clear, plastic retainer in Shreveport, Louisiana.

As the name implies, this style of retainer is made from a durable clear, plastic material. Your orthodontist, Dr. Michael R. Wiesner, will design it to custom fit the new position of your teeth. This makes it difficult for the casual observer to even notice you’re wearing it.

In general, you’ll need to use the retainer during the prescribed times for a total duration equal to the amount of time you needed your braces. Cleaning and maintaining your clear, plastic retainer each day will keep the total duration of time you need to use it to the bare minimum.

While you have the clear, plastic retainer in your mouth, you can drink normally. When eating, you will need to take the retainer out to prevent damage. When you’re not wearing it, you should keep it in the case provided. Improvising a case with a plastic bag or a napkin should only be a last resort.

You should rinse the retainer to remove lingering food particles and plaque every time you take it out of your mouth. You can refresh your clear, plastic retainer each night by soaking it in a mixture of half cold water and half antiseptic mouthwash.

If you notice some plaque buildup, you can gently brush the retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Try to avoid using abrasive toothpaste as this could dull the plastic material and make it more noticeable when you’re wearing it.

If you have any questions about how to properly clean and maintain your plastic retainer, you can always call (318) 688-9330 to speak with someone at A Brighter Smile Dental Care.