Insurance / Financing in Elmhurst & Downers Grove, IL
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL
- Delta Dental – All States
- UCCI TriCare
- United of Concordia
- United Healthcare
- Allied Benefit Systems, Inc
- BCBS Federal
- Lincoln Financial
Retainers can be removed while eating, participating in contact sports, or cleaning. For cleaning, you should brush the retainers thoroughly. Avoid using hot water and whitening toothpaste to clean them. Instead, non-whitening toothpaste (without hard granules), denture cleaner, and even hand soap can be used for cleaning retainers. Rising them after a meal can help prevent odor and the buildup of plaque.
Retainers should always be kept in the protective case when not in the mouth. Don’t leave them in a tissue or napkin. This will ensure that you don’t misplace them accidentally. To keep the retainers moist, soak them in cool water. Contact our office as soon as possible if you break or lose your retainers.
Your toothbrush cannot reach the surface of the teeth that is in contact with the adjacent teeth. Flossing ensures that the hard-to-reach areas in your mouth are cleaned. For someone with braces, flossing can be somewhat cumbersome but still necessary.
Use an interdental brush or floss threaders to thread the floss underneath the orthodontic archwire. Wrap the ends of the floss around your fingers and slide it gently in a zig-zag motion. Also move the floss around your gumline (the spot where your tooth meets the gum). Repeat the whole flossing process for all the teeth until they are deeply cleaned. Rinse the mouth with water.