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which is better for cleaning a extra soft toothbrush or a soft toothbrush? im wearing vivera retainers after invisalign treatment at night.

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Both are good: It's the hard toothbrushes that irritate the gums and can cause recession. Brush and floss 2x day and visit your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Either one: Either one should be fine. It's more how you brush your teeth than whether it's a soft or extra soft toothbrush. We just don't recommend a medium or hard toothbrush normally. Your own dentist or dental hygienist can go over the technique with you and recommend one.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Either: Either works well. Brush 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock. Floss daily. Clear aligners do not finish as well as braces, teeth more likely to destabilize, so wear your retainers EVERY night. Acid is the enemy, so don't eat or drink anything (except water) before putting retainers in. Brush retainers daily w toothbrush, no toothpaste. Leave retainers in denture cleaner during the day.

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Last updated Sep 27, 2015

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