A 42-year-old member asked:
is it okay to use mouth wash with retainers on?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Steven Roth answered
31 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Yes, but better to take the retainers off since they may prevent the mouthwash from accessing all surfaces of your teeth.
Answered on May 4, 2015
Dr. Daniel Wolter answered
29 years experience Dentistry
Generally Not: Mouthwash can damage the surface of your retainers over time...It's too aggressive for most plastic materials. In addition, the mouthwash won't reach all the areas of your mouth/teeth when the retainers are in the way, so it won't give you the maximum benefit. There's really no advantage to keeping them in while you're rinsing.
Answered on Aug 27, 2013
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