How to Clean a Retainer

Retainers are awesome because they help you keep that beautiful smile you worked so hard to achieve!

What we don’t like to admit about retainers is that there are periods of time where they don’t get as much use. They sit around, collect dust, and actually get pretty nasty while inviting all kinds of germs and bacteria to join the party.

It’s okay. It happens, but this is a simple guide on how and how often you should clean your retainer.

How Often?

If you use your retainer regularly, then you should remember to clean it regularly! Otherwise, you will leave yourself exposed to many germs from your saliva, left over food particles, and other things that enter your mouth.

How Do I Clean It?

You will need the following items:

1)   Two Small Bowls or Cups
2)   Denture Cleaner (cream, liquid, powder, or tablet form)
3)   Tooth Brush
4)   Tooth Paste
5)   Mouthwash (alcohol free)

First you’re going to fill the small bowl with enough water to completely submerge the retainer. Next add the denture cleaner to the water and let that soak for about 15-20 minutes. Take out the retainer and scrub it with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Finally, fill up the cup or bowl with the non-alcoholic mouthwash and let the retainer sit in it for a minimum 30 minutes or maximum overnight. (Since you are using non-alcoholic mouthwash it cannot damage your retainer no matter how long you leave it in there). Once all of this is done, rinse off the retainer with water and you’re good to go!

Having a clean retainer is not only important but also very healthy for your mouth!

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