Now that your braces have been removed, you will need to use a retainer for a while to maintain your new alignment while the tension in your periodontal ligaments subsides. Wearing your Hawley retainer furnished for you by Dr. Sandor during the required times and keeping it properly clean will keep the amount of time you need to use it to a bare minimum. If your retainer is damaged your teeth could come out of alignment, which could extend the duration you need to use it.
You should always keep your Hawley retainer in its case when you are not wearing it. Try to 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 should brush your Hawley retainer with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste each day to remove plaque buildup and refresh it. You should then brush and floss your teeth as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. If your Hawley retainer needs further refreshing, you can soak it in a mixture that is half water and half antiseptic mouthwash.
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 Dr. Sandor at 844-348-5558 for advice or to schedule an appointment.