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How often should i clean dental retainers?

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Dr. Jennifer Holtzman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Every time you eat: Food or beverages can slip in under the retainer. This could lead to tooth decay or painful gums. Clean your retainers after every time you eat or drink something other than water.

Answered 7/27/2013

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Dr. Anna Guarna answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Daily: Bacteria can buildup daily...When not in use, soak them in a cleanser...There are many types...Retainer brite, polident.

Answered 10/23/2017

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Dr. Robert Chin answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Every day: Thorough brushing or soaking in a recommended cleaning solution every day is best for your retainers.

Answered 7/28/2013

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Dr. Harry Aronowitz answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Depends: If you are eating with the retainers in place you should clean them after every meal or snack. If you wear them just at night you should clean them every morning. If you wear them all day you should clean them once in the morning and once at night.

Answered 3/26/2022

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Twice + soak: Gently brush retainers without toothpaste 2x/day...Make sure wires are shiny and plastic doesn't feel slimy. Soak in denture cleaner 1x/day...Follow package directions. If you can find your retainer case, with the lights out, by just sniffing, it needs a good soaking in denture cleaner also.

Answered 8/24/2013

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