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can mouthwash affect my dental retainers?

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Dr. Robert Chin
41 years experience Dentistry
No: You shouldn't be soaking your retainers in mouthwash. Retainers should be cleaned according to your dentist's instructions. If you are rinsing with mouthwash with your retainers in your mouth, it shouldn't be a problem.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Behram Dalal
30 years experience Dentistry
No: Commercially available dental rinses are safe and will not damage your retainers. But you should always clean your retainers extra-orally (out of your mouth) at least twice a day - when you brush your teeth (morning and night).
Answered on Jun 14, 2014
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Dr. Harry Aronowitz
43 years experience Orthodontics
No: However there are better products for making retainers smell fresh. Ask your pharmacist.
Answered on Feb 2, 2016
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
No: Ask your orthodontist what he/she recommends you use to keep them clean. A common recommendation is soaking them in a denture cleaner when not wearing them.
Answered on Mar 10, 2013
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
No, but why?: There are better ways to clean and store retainers when they are not being worn (and look for reasons to wear them, not excuses to take them out). Ask your orthodontic specialist for specific retainer care instructions, and follow the "rules" exactly.
Answered on Aug 23, 2013

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