CARING FOR YOUR NIGHTGUARD AND RETAINER
Whether you're looking for the most effective ways to clean your retainer or want to find out when you should replace your nightguard, we have you covered. Our top tips and advice have been created to answer all the questions and concerns about removable oral appliances.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a retainer?
A retainer may be part of your orthodontic treatment for aligning your teeth. It holds aligned teeth in place while the surrounding gum and bone adjust to their new position. Find out more about how retainers work here.
How long will my retainer last?
The lifespan of your retainer varies depending on the job that it’s doing and what it is made of but it’s important that you look after it properly . We've compiled advice and guidance on the signs you should look out for to know that you’re looking after it properly.
What is a nightguard?
A nightguard is typically worn through the night to prevent you from grinding your teeth in your sleep. The purpose is to protect your teeth by providing a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. Find out more about nightguards here.
Signs that I’m not looking after my retainer/aligner properly?
Your retainer or aligner may need replacing if materials start to fade, discolour or crack or you notice bad tastes or odors from your appliance. Find out more about the signs here.