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best way to clean clear retainers

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Eliminate bacteria: Try using one of the commercially available denture cleaners (polident, efferdent, etc) every day. Follow the package directions exactly.
Dr. Gary Chapman
35 years experience Orthodontics
White vinegar/H2O: White vinegar and water, 50/50. The acidic vinegar will break down the basic tarter and soften it so your tooth brush can remove it. Be sure to use ... Read More

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
DEHP: There are numerous types of clear retainers, materials and labs that fabricate them. If you are concerned I suggest you ask the dentist who would be f ... Read More
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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Don't worry: All orthodontic materials used are CE and FDA approved Dental Clinic Products. Ask your orthodontist for more information. Nothing to be concerned.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Please stop worrying: The materials use to fabricate dental appliance have been vetted by the FDA. To my knowledge there has never been a case of harm to a patient from re ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
36 years experience Dentistry
Yes you can: Talk to your dentist about this. You will be able to whiten your teeth while you are wearing your retainer. This is quite done quite frequently.
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
30 years experience Orthodontics
Depends: You only have to wear "clear retainers" to whiten teeth if using a gel that requires a suitable container to hold the whitening gel in place for exten ... Read More
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Yes: Best to wait a few months after braces removed to allow teeth to fully remineralize before whitening. Most effective whitening isn't OTC, it's provid ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Toothbrush: When you take retainers out to brush your teeth, gently brush retainers, top and bottom, metal and plastic.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Batt
9 years experience Emergency Medicine
Retainer Cleaning: Here are a few simple ways to clean your retainer: 1. Rinse with water and apply friction with your fingers 2. Use your toothbrush, water and paste ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hilary Baskin
28 years experience Orthodontics
Keep them clean: Soap and water-- not toothpaste.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Cleaning retainers: Gently rinse w water every time you remove them. 2x/day gently wash w soap/water. Rinse thoroughly before reinserting. 1x/day place in a small bowl, c ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jean Edderai
35 years experience Dentistry
No problem: I don't see any problem with putting your retainer in a dishwasher, it will not damage the structure. Will it remove all stains? I don't know the deg ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Unknown: Your dentist felt that the Vivera retainers were best for your specific treatment, but you feel otherwise. You'll have to discuss your desires with th ... Read More
A 15-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
White vinegar: In your case, soaking the retainer in undiluted white vinegar for 1 hour will remove the green and yellow build up. Heavier build up will require a l ... Read More

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