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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

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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Can I use my clear retainers as whiting trays also?

Can I use my clear retainers as whiting trays also?

Teeth Whitening: Unfortunately, no. Clear retainers do not have the internal reservoirs required to hold the teeth whitening gel against your teeth. ...Read more

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Is DEHP (dioctyl phthalate) present in clear retainers?

Is DEHP (dioctyl phthalate) present in clear retainers?

Don't worry: All orthodontic materials used are CE and FDA approved Dental Clinic Products. Ask your orthodontist for more information. Nothing to be concerned. ...Read more

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Will wearin old clear retainers shift my teeth back?

Will wearin old clear retainers shift my teeth back?

Possibly: It depends on the amount of crowding that has returned and how well the retainers fit. If you can get them in and wear them 24/7 for a while then you might improve their positioning. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if I can whiten my teeth if I have to wear clear retainers?

Wanted to know if I can whiten my teeth if I have to wear clear retainers?

Yes: Best to wait a few months after braces removed to allow teeth to fully remineralize before whitening. Most effective whitening isn't OTC, it's provided by your General Dentist. ...Read more

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From this app I learnt that teeth will shift through out the years. If I get one of those clear retainers would that help them from not moving?

From this app I learnt that teeth will shift through out the years. If I get one of those clear retainers would that help them from not moving?

If worn regularly: Retainers only work to maintain teeth in their existing position if worn conscientiously on a daily basis. The more one skips days or stops wearing them, the more the teeth tend to drift over time. Some arches are more stabile than others. ...Read more

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My clear retainers (invisalign) make my teeth look grey and dull. What can I use?

My clear retainers (invisalign) make my teeth look grey and dull. What can I use?

Retainers or teeth?: If your Invisalign trays or retainers have turned grey, it may be from your retainer cleaning technique. See your Orthodontist. If the teeth are discolored, see your Dentist. There may or not be an OTC solution depending on the cause, but you will have to be seen to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What do orthodontic retainers do?

What do orthodontic retainers do?

Hold teeth: And keep them from moving back to where they started before orthodontic treatment. ...Read more

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Do orthodontic retainers usually fit well?

Do orthodontic retainers usually fit well?

They should. ...: Retainers are designed to hold teeth in place. Any pressure will move teeth and any looseness will allow movement, thus a well made retainer should be passive. If you have a loose or tight retainer, see your dentist or orthodontist to evaluate it. There is a real danger in trying to wear a "tweaked" retainer. A distorted retainer can lead to an expensive re treatment of the whole case. ...Read more

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Are acrylic orthodontic retainers safe to use?

Are acrylic orthodontic retainers safe to use?

Of course: If unsafe they would have been banned by the fda. Acrylic has been used in dentistry for over a century. There are an infinitesimally small group of people allergic to acrylic, but less than are allergic to strawberries or chocolate. Don't worry. Chance of allergy less than chance of being struck by lightning. ...Read more

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Can you get your tongue pierced if you wear orthodontic retainers?

Can you get your tongue pierced if you wear orthodontic retainers?

Tongue ring: Tongue rings are one of those things that make little sense to me, why stick a spike thru your tongue with some artful little ball attached that almost no one will ever see and can cause many dental problems from broken teeth to fractured restorations to infection, not to mention numbness and possible extensive bleeding upon placement. Would not recommend doing it. ...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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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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What is the best way too clean your plastic retainer?

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 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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What is the best way to take care of permanent retainers?

Diligent cleaning: You must take special care to floss and brush around the retainer in order to prevent plaque build- up that leads to calculus and tooth decay. ...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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My dr. Recommended a clear invisalign retainer but for my lifestyle (I am a flight attendant and can't easilly remove my retainers for eating)I feel a permanent retainer would be best. Can I make the switch? The only time I take them out is to brush and t

Unknown: Your dentist felt that the Vivera retainers were best for your specific treatment, but you feel otherwise. You'll have to discuss your desires with them. If it is agreed that a fixed lingual wire will work equally as well for your post treatment retention, then I'm sure it can be placed for a nominal fee. ...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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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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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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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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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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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

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Which is better- a clear retainer or metal retainer?

Retainer: Both have their pluses and minuses. A metal fixed retainer that is bonded into place works better for compliance because you can't remove it. It is however difficult to keep clean. Plastic or resin retainers can break and get lost but area easier to clean. It's really your choice....for the sake of retaining the teeth in place post orthodontic treatment, both work equally well ...Read more

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Would it be best to wear a messed up retainer or no retainer?

Both are problem: Wearing a "messed up" retainer can push teeth out of alignment. Wearing no retainer can allow teeth to shift and drift. Go back to your orthodontic specialist for remake of retainer before the solution becomes redoing your orthodontic treatment. ...Read more

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I have clear u retainers, can the cold crack them?

Very cold might: It would take a combination of cold and something like stepping on them to crack them. I see you live in south carolina, it will not get cold enough there to be a problem. Be sure to wear them as instructed by your orthodontist. ...Read more