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Each one of your adjustment sessions with Dr. John R. Schouten applied a modest amount of tension to the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth into their sockets. Each adjustment brought you teeth one step closer to the winning smile you will soon enjoy.

After your braces have been removed, there will still be some residual tension in the ligaments. If it’s not countered in some way, your teeth could come out of alignment. To prevent this from happening Dr. John R. Schouten will fit you for a retainer.

If braces were only needed to provide a modest amount of realignment, Dr. John R. Schouten might recommend a clear plastic retainer. It is made from a durable clear plastic material that is custom shaped of match your teeth.

Properly cleaning and maintaining your clear plastic retainer and wearing it during the recommended times will affect the duration of time you need to use the retainer. Inadequate maintenance often results in an increased amount of time that you’ll need to use a retainer.

While you are wearing your clear plastic retainer you can drink normally, but you should take the retainer out when you eat. When you’re not wearing it, you should keep it in the case provided, rather than improvising with a plastic bag or napkin.

You can refresh your clear plastic retainer each night, by soaking it in a mixture of cold water and antiseptic mouthwash. If you notice a little plaque buildup, you can lightly brush the retainer with a soft tooth brush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Try not to use abrasive toothpaste as it could dull the clear plastic material.

If you have any questions about how to properly take care of your clear plastic retainer, you can always call Dr. John R. Schouten’s office in Price, Utah at 435.637.0820 to ask a question.