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After getting your braces off, the next – and final – step in your treatment with Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla will be fitting for a retainer. This is one of the most important parts of your orthodontic treatment since retainers are critical to ensuring all the hard work of wearing braces doesn’t go to waste.

You’ll most likely end up with a Hawley retainer since they’re the most popular type. So let’s look at some tips you can use to help care for your retainer and how to get the most out of wearing it.

You should always keep your Hawley retainer in its case when you are not wearing it. It’s best to keep the case with you so you don’t have to improvise by keeping it in a napkin or a plastic bag. To refresh your retainer, you can soak it in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water.

You can brush your Hawley retainer twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to remove any residual plaque. If the retainer just needs some light refreshing throughout the day, you can soak it in a mixture of half antiseptic mouthwash and water.

Additionally, if you break your retainer, call us at 440-243-9575 immediately for help.