With the help of your braces or retainer, you’re on your way to attaining that beautiful movie star smile you’ve always dreamed of. While you should never neglect your oral health, you’ll find that caring for your mouth and teeth when you have braces or a retainer requires a little extra effort. It may take a bit of getting used to, but over time, it’ll seem like you’ve been doing it forever. If you live in Hamilton and find yourself with any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dental office.


The major downside to braces is that they provide food and plaque with the perfect hiding place. To compensate for this, you should brush your teeth after every meal and use mouthwash daily. Your dentist will warn you against eating hard, sticky and sweet foods and you absolutely shouldn’t ignore this advice! Not only can consuming these treats make your teeth harder to clean, but doing so can also cause damage to your braces.

To ensure that your teeth and your braces remain in the best possible condition, schedule regular checkups with a dentist at the Eastgate Dental Centre in Hamilton.

Fixed retainers
While you should always brush your teeth twice a day, having a fixed retainer means that when you do so, you should pay extra attention to the area around your retainer. Always remember to floss daily as well. Getting professional cleanings done regularly—most dentists recommend a checkup every six months—is the best way to make sure that your teeth are properly cleaned.

Removable retainers
When your retainer isn’t being worn, such as when you’re eating, make sure you place it in its protective box. Soak it in a special retainer cleaning solution for twenty minutes once a week to keep it sanitary. While it’s important to care for your retainer, do be sure that you’re also brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly to keep your smile happy and healthy.

Book an appointment with a Hamilton orthodontist
If you find yourself in need of an orthodontist, look no further than Eastgate Dental Centre. In our general dental clinic in Hamilton, we also offer orthodontic dental services and even have an emergency dentist on hand. If you have any questions regarding retainers and braces, or wish to book an appointment, contact our clinic in Hamilton today!