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Is it okay to use mouth wash with retainers on?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Roth
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes, but better to take the retainers off since they may prevent the mouthwash from accessing all surfaces of your teeth.

In brief: Yes

Yes, but better to take the retainers off since they may prevent the mouthwash from accessing all surfaces of your teeth.
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Yes

However removal of your retainers will allow the mouthwash to access all of the areas covered by your retainer.
Most mouthwash contains alcohol, this should not cause damage.

In brief: Yes

However removal of your retainers will allow the mouthwash to access all of the areas covered by your retainer.
Most mouthwash contains alcohol, this should not cause damage.
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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry

In brief: Generally Not

Mouthwash can damage the surface of your retainers over time.
..It's too aggressive for most plastic materials. In addition, the mouthwash won't reach all the areas of your mouth/teeth when the retainers are in the way, so it won't give you the maximum benefit. There's really no advantage to keeping them in while you're rinsing.

In brief: Generally Not

Mouthwash can damage the surface of your retainers over time.
..It's too aggressive for most plastic materials. In addition, the mouthwash won't reach all the areas of your mouth/teeth when the retainers are in the way, so it won't give you the maximum benefit. There's really no advantage to keeping them in while you're rinsing.
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