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Cleaning A Retainer
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
Toothbrush: When you take retainers out to brush your teeth, gently brush retainers, top and bottom, metal and plastic. ...Read more
Soap & water: And they are not that fragile but I would not use toothpaste as it can discolor. ...Read more
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
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
Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? Would the whitening IN THE TOOTHBRUSH harm the retainer?
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
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
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
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
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?
I been wearing retainers after invisalign for 1.5 years. Would wearing your retainer for less than 8 hours affect a dental cleaning you get that day.?
No: Once in a year and a half isn't going to make a difference. ...Read more
Which is better for cleaning a extra soft toothbrush or a soft toothbrush? I'm wearing vivera retainers after invisalign treatment at night.
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
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
Hi, I got my braces off yesterday and, I visited the orthodontist today for a teeth cleaning and a mold fitting? How long do you think it would take for the mold to be finished and, also recieve my retainers (also im getting a hawley retainer)
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?
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
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