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How to Properly Clean your Retainers!

How to Properly Clean your Retainers!
Posted on 01/07/2019

CONGRATS!  You’ve finished your orthodontic treatment and are now in the really important retention part of your treatment!  Or maybe you’re going through aligner (or Invisalign) treatment - this also will be really relevant to you too!

I’ll take this opportunity to make a brief statement:  Please make sure to wear your retainer to keep your smile beautiful! Don’t think you can stop or else your teeth will move back!

As an orthodontist, I get asked all the time:  What’s the best way to take care of my retainer?  I wanted to spend time to share how to properly clean your retainer.

This is also a really important topic as we are now in the cold and flu season.  Read and watch below on some ways to clean your retainer properly after you are sick.

  1. First things first, please rinse your retainer (or aligner) every time you remove it from your mouth.  This removes all of the saliva daily and keeps any build-up to a minimal.
  2. Once a week, try to do an in-depth cleaning.  There are several ways you can clean your retainer including:  dish soap, baking soda, white vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Watch this video for some more in depth info about how to clean your retainers:

Some things to NEVER do to clean your retainer!

  1. Do NOT use toothpaste or anything abrasive; it will scratch your retainer, causing bacteria to build up and make it look cloudy.
  2. Never soak your retainer in HOT/boiling water or run it through the dishwasher ; it can melt it and distort it.
  3. Never soak your retainer in mouthwash, rubbing alcohol, or bleach; the chemicals will distort it.