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What are the risks of getting a clear plastic dental retainer?

The risks of getting a dental retainer are minimal, especially when compared to the benefits of wearing one. If dental retainers are not properly cleaned, they can develop a build-up of potentially harmful germs. While the risk for healthy people is low, those with certain health conditions may need to take extra precautions.

Your dental retainer could also give you small cuts or rub up against your gums, but this is something that your orthodontist can fix with an adjustment.

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