A fixed retainer offers a number of benefits in keeping your teeth straight and aligned. But the instrument can also make it harder to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean. It is important to prevent excessive plaque buildup around the retainer, which, if left unchecked, can lead to gum disease.

Here are three tips to prevent this:

  • Continue flossing: With fixed retainers, flossing becomes more difficult. Luckily, there are products that can help ease this difficulty, including floss threaders and Superfloss.
  • Use the correct brushing technique: When brushing your teeth, make sure that you’re reaching all of them. Often you’ll have to angle your brush to get to those hard-to-reach areas.
  • Keep your regular orthodontist and dentist appointments: By having regular appointments with an orthodontist, you can spot and correct any potential problems early on. If you’re having trouble cleaning with your fixed retainer, an orthodontist or dentist can provide some help. Excessive buildup of plaque may signal that you should schedule more frequent appointments with your dentist. Being proactive about the issue can also reduce your risk of gingivitis.

If you are looking to improve your smile or get expert advice from dental professionals, Upper East Side Orthodontics can help.

UESO Treatment Options

At Upper East Side Orthodontics, we put your dental health and individual preferences first. We offer a wide selection of treatment options, including Invisalign braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, clear braces and adult braces. To schedule an appointment, please contact our office by phone (888) 378-2976, or complete the appointment request form by going here.

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