A 22-year-old female asked:
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what is the best way too clean your plastic retainer?

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Dr. Joshua Batt
8 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 3. Purchase a denture cleaning kit, it works perfectly for this.
Answered on Nov 22, 2013
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Dr. Nathaniel Chan
19 years experience Dentistry
Rinse, brush often: You should brush your retainer every time you brush your teeth. You should try to rinse or brush your retainer every time you eat. If there is build up, you could try soaking it in mouthwash or denture cleaners.
Answered on Nov 22, 2013
Dr. Howard Spector
39 years experience Orthodontics
Cleaning retainers: The best way to clean your orthodontic retainer is with a cleanser designated specifically for that purpose. There are several "over-the-counter" products available, including "retainer-brite" and efferdent cleanser. Another option is simply to brush your retainer with warm water using a toothbrush. On occasion, an antibacterial hand soap is useful, but be sure to wash it well afterwards!
Answered on Sep 11, 2016
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Dr. Robert Douglas
50 years experience Orthodontics
I give all my patients a Retainer Brite sample to get them started. If not available locally, you can get it on line.
Sep 11, 2016
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Carefully: Sorry, couldn't resist that very bad joke. Recommend that our patients gently brush retainers, metal and plastic with a soft toothbrush 2x/day (do not use toothpaste as it can scratch the plastic). That will get rid of the bacteria clinging to the outside of the retainers. For microbes that penetrate into the lattice structure of the plastic, use Denture Cleaner 1x/day as per pkg instructions.
Answered on Jun 26, 2015

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