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How often should I clean dental retainers?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Daily

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

In brief: Daily

Bacteria can buildup daily.
..When not in use, soak them in a cleanser...There are many types...Retainer brite, polident.
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dr. Anna Guarna
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Twice + soak

Gently brush retainers without toothpaste 2x/day.
..Make sure wires are shiny and plastic doesn't feel slimy. Soak in denture cleaner 1x/day...Follow package directions. If you can find your retainer case, with the lights out, by just sniffing, it needs a good soaking in denture cleaner also.

In brief: Twice + soak

Gently brush retainers without toothpaste 2x/day.
..Make sure wires are shiny and plastic doesn't feel slimy. Soak in denture cleaner 1x/day...Follow package directions. If you can find your retainer case, with the lights out, by just sniffing, it needs a good soaking in denture cleaner also.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

If you are eating with the retainers in place you should clean them after every meal or snack.
If you wear them just at night you should clean them every morning. If you wear them all day you should clean them once in the morning and once at night.

In brief: Depends

If you are eating with the retainers in place you should clean them after every meal or snack.
If you wear them just at night you should clean them every morning. If you wear them all day you should clean them once in the morning and once at night.
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
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Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry

In brief: Every day

Thorough brushing or soaking in a recommended cleaning solution every day is best for your retainers.

In brief: Every day

Thorough brushing or soaking in a recommended cleaning solution every day is best for your retainers.
Dr. Robert Chin
Dr. Robert Chin
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In brief: Every time you eat

Food or beverages can slip in under the retainer.
This could lead to tooth decay or painful gums. Clean your retainers after every time you eat or drink something other than water.

In brief: Every time you eat

Food or beverages can slip in under the retainer.
This could lead to tooth decay or painful gums. Clean your retainers after every time you eat or drink something other than water.
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
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