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Doctor insights on: Cleaning A Retainer

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How often should I clean my retainers per week?

How often should I clean my retainers per week?

Every day: Clean them when you take them off in the morning after sleeping in them. I also recommend a weekly soak in 50/50 white vinegar and water to loosen up the tarter accumulations so your tooth brush can remove this stubborn tarter. ...Read more

Retainer (Definition)

Retainers are orthodontic appliances designed to minimize changes over time in your nice orthodontic result that you and your orthodontist have worked so hard for. Wear them as ...Read more


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What is the best way to clean my retainer when going on a school trip?

Toothbrush: When you take retainers out to brush your teeth, gently brush retainers, top and bottom, metal and plastic. ...Read more

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How often should I clean dental retainers?

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

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Please tell me, could I use mouthwash to clean my retainers?

Please tell me, could I use mouthwash to clean my retainers?

Yes: Preferrably nonalcohol mouthwash (biotene) since alcohol (in listerine) may dry out the plastic especially some patient chose to soak their retainer for freshness... Brush your retainer with your toothpaste when put them away is adequate. ...Read more

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What's the best way to clean invisalign retainers since they're so fragile?

What's the best way to clean invisalign retainers since they're so fragile?

Soap & water: And they are not that fragile but I would not use toothpaste as it can discolor. ...Read more

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I cleaned my retainer with listerene before I put it in. I read MRSA can live on them. Would alcohol kill it? Should I be worried?

I cleaned my retainer with listerene before I put it in. I read MRSA can live on them. Would alcohol kill it? Should I be worried?

MRSA ; alcohol: As long as u r using alcohol-based listerine (check label: newer versions don't have alcohol), u should be safe. Be sure to clean off food particles before soaking the retainer ; soak at least an hour. You could also add some hydrogen peroxide for added sterilization. (ask doc if either ingredient might damage retainer).Rinse off with distilled/boiled water to remove any Fluoride residue. ...Read more

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My ortho told me not to clean my retainer with toothpaste and toothbrush because it'll scratch them and turn them white. How else do I clean them?

Correct: He is right. Denture cleaners work well. A cheap combo is a slurry of peroxide and baking soda. Let the retainers soak in it while you eat. Works great! ...Read more

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Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? Would the whitening harm the retainer?

No toothpaste: Brush retainers on removal and just before reinsertion with a soft toothbrush, no toothpaste. All toothpastes, especially whitening toothpastes, are slightly abrasive and can scratch acrylic. Place into denture cleaner (Polident, Efferdent) daily. ...Read more

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Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? Would the whitening IN THE TOOTHBRUSH harm the retainer?

Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? Would the whitening IN THE TOOTHBRUSH harm the retainer?

Whitening: Anything labeled whitening usually has higher than normal levels of abrasives. Brush your retainer 2x/day with a plain soft toothbrush, no toothpaste. Put your retainer into denture cleaner (follow package directions) EVERY day. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a denture cleaner such as poligrip to clean your retainer while pregnant?

Yes: Any of the effervescent cleaners are fine when used as directed. Be sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards. You should be just fine. Good of you to think about your child first! ...Read more

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What is the very best way to clean a clear retainer?

What is the very best way to clean a clear retainer?

White vinegar/H2O: White vinegar and water, 50/50. The acidic vinegar will break down the basic tarter and soften it so your tooth brush can remove it. Be sure to use white vinegar as wine or apple vinegar will color your retainer. ...Read more

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What to do to properly clean my orthodontist retainers?

Excellent question: Rinse them off after every meal/snack. Gently brush them 2x/day w toothbrush and, if you prefer, soap...it will rinse off...top and bottom, metal and plastic. Don't use toothpaste as it will dull plastic. Use Denture Cleaning Tablets daily, follow the package directions. NEVER heat or boil your retainers...the heat will warp the plastic. Remember, retainers only work when they are worn. ...Read more

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How to clean retainer on a school trip?

How to clean retainer on a school trip?

Carefully: Sorry, couldn't resist the bad joke. Take it out and carefully and gently brush it every time you brush your teeth. ...Read more

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What is the best way too clean your plastic retainer?

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! ...Read more

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What is the proper way to clean one's dental retainer?

Retainer cleaning: With tooth paste and water at the same time you clean your teeth or a mild soap and water. The decision depends on the type of material? This should be discussed with your dentist as he knows what material was used. Some appliances have a special cleaning solution that is need. A anti-bacterial soaking solution is important to use. Sometimes they need to soak for a few hours. ...Read more

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How should one clean plastic dental retainers?

How should one clean plastic dental retainers?

Lots of ways: Brush gently w soft toothbrush (no toothpaste, it's abrasive and can scratch the plastic). Clean w soap & water. Soak in 50% diluted vinegar/water. Soak in denture cleaner as per pkg instructions. And clean the case periodically also. ...Read more

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What is the best method to clean your orthodontic retainer?

What is the best method to clean your orthodontic retainer?

Do 2 things: We recommend: 1. Brush retainers (plastic and metal) gently w a soft toothbrush every time you brush your teeth. 2. Once daily put into denture cleaner...Follow package instructions. ...Read more

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Is it ok to clean a clear retainer for denture cleaning in dishwasher?

Is it ok to clean a clear retainer for denture cleaning in dishwasher?

No: The intense heat in some dishwashers can affect the prosthesis integrity. Best to just brush and or place in enzymatic bath. ...Read more

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I have a nonremovable retainer, how can I clean it?

Floss Threader: I would recommend that you use a floss threader or floss with a stiff plastic end (e.g. Super floss) to allow you to floss between your teeth. You insert it from the facial and thread under the wire to clean around it. This should be done daily. There are electric "flossers" available that are stiff, and actuated by a motor. See your general denitist every six months for professional cleaning. ...Read more

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Is it ok to change retainers 1 week after deep cleaning on my left side. Right side was clean 2 weeks prior. Would this cause gum recession?

Unrelated: Retainers are removable appliances that are worn when the braces are removed, to hold the teeth in their permanent position. A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line and not related to your retainers. ...Read more

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Which is better for cleaning a extra soft toothbrush or a soft toothbrush? I'm wearing vivera retainers after invisalign treatment at night.

Which is better for cleaning a extra soft toothbrush or a soft toothbrush? I'm wearing vivera retainers after invisalign treatment at night.

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. ...Read more

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I see gaps between my lower teeth (fixed retainer) after the dentist cleans it up. Could this be a case of receding gums? If so, can it be healed?

I see gaps between my lower teeth (fixed retainer) after the dentist cleans it up. Could this be a case of receding gums? If so, can it be healed?

Black triangles: Plaque and especially tarter can damage your gums. Fixed lower retainer makes cleaning more challenging. Once gum tissue is lost it will not regenerate. To prevent further gum recession, and formation of unsightly black triangles, you must clean between the teeth below the retaining wire. Use a floss threaded and floss, an inter proximal brush, or a Water Pik DAILY. ...Read more

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My clear plastic mouth retainers haven't been washed in 3 days, I opened the container to find bits of green and yellow bacteria. How do I clean them?

My clear plastic mouth retainers haven't been washed in 3 days, I opened the container to find bits of green and yellow bacteria. How do I clean them?

Gross: First pet retainers and case into 1 part liquid bleach, 3 parts water, for 1 hour. Carefully rinse thoroughly with water. Then cover with room temperature water and drop in a Poldent or Efferdent tablet. Let soak for 20 minutes. Rinse and put into your mouth. Then gently brush 2x/day w toothbrush, and 1x/day use a denture cleaner tablet, and be sure to wear EXACTLY as directed. ...Read more

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Can I still wear my retainer after getting a deep cleaning for teeth with anesthesia and using a oralrinse 2x a day. It is chlorhexidine gluconate. 12?

Can I still wear my retainer after getting a deep cleaning for teeth with anesthesia and using a oralrinse 2x a day. It is chlorhexidine gluconate. 12?

Of course: Retainers are the key to preventing tooth movement. After your teeth are thoroughly cleaned always use your retainers and chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse can be used to disinfect retainers. ...Read more

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Retainer pain help?

See Orthodontist NOW: Assuming no damage to retainers, missing time in retainers can allow teeth to shift. If retainers damaged can cause teeth to shift. Not wearing retainers can allow further destabilization. Before things get worse see your orthodontic specialist for evaluation, retainer adjustment, or whatever may be necessary. ...Read more

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How can I file my retainers?

ARGH!!!!!!!!!!: Don't do it. Retainers are custom made and finely honed. If you have a problem with your retainer, call your orthodontist immediately for an adjustment appointment. Take advantage of his/her 10+ years of training. The orthodontist knows what to do and the most efficient way to do it. If you try to do this yourself you can do irreparable damage to the retainer, your occlusion, or both. ...Read more