How should my child care for their clear plastic dental retainer?

Your child should care for his or her clear plastic dental retainer by cleaning it every day. Usually, you can soak a retainer in mouthwash or a denture-cleaning product to keep it fresh and free of germs. Check with the orthodontist to see how the retainer should be cleaned, since some types should not be cleaned with toothpaste.

Your child should soak the retainer when it’s not in his or her mouth to keep the plastic from drying out. Never put a retainer in hot water or leave it near a heat source, because the plastic can warp. Instruct your child not to flip the retainer around in her mouth, as this can cause the wires to bend. Make sure your child takes special care of her retainer and does not lose it, as it can be expensive to replace.

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