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Through the course of your adjustment sessions with Kirby Nelson Orthodontics’s orthodontic team, your teeth have been moved into their ideal alignment. To be able to enjoy your new winning smile for years to come, you will need to use a retainer.

A Hawley retainer is the most common type of retainer that our orthodontists recommend. Most people need to use a retainer for about the same amount of time they needed braces. If any part of your retainers is bent or damaged, or you fail to wear it during the prescribed times, it could lead to your teeth coming out of alignment.

Maintaining your Hawley retainer helps to prevent these complications and ensures you will enjoy your new smile for many years to come.

You should always keep your Hawley retainer in its case when you are not wearing it. It’s a good practice to simply keep the case with you, rather than 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 each day to refresh it and 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.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new Hawley retainer, or your retainer is damaged in some way, you should call Kirby Nelson Orthodontics’s office in North Bend, Washington at (425) 888-1896 to schedule an appointment.