How To Clean Retainers?
The importance of cleaning your teeth retainer regularly can't be overstated. Your retainer sits for hours inside your mouth and against your teeth, accumulating bacteria, tartar and plaque. If you don’t clean it properly, you could be reintroducing these nasties into your mouth when you put your retainer back in, invalidating the work you do by regularly brushing your teeth. On top of the possibility of damaging your teeth, a dirty retainer is also just unpleasant to use and a contributing factor to developing bad breath. Don't know how to clean retainers? Read on to find out several methods and techniques for you to use.
How do you clean invisible retainers?
A great advantage of clear teeth retainers over fixed or bonded retainers is that they're removable, making them much easier to clean. There are many different ingredients you can use to clean your retainer, but let’s look at actual cleaning methods first:
- Soaking — You can soak your teeth retainer in a mixture of equal parts mouthwash and lukewarm water. If the mouthwash contains alcohol, please soak your retainer sparingly, as alcohol can harm a retainer's plastic over time.
- Brushing — When brushing your teeth, you can take an extra minute or two to gently brush your retainer as well. You should use a soft-bristled brush and non-whitening toothpaste. Be sure to rinse it thoroughly before putting it on for the night.
- Swishing — This method shouldn't be used on its own, but drinking lots of water and swishing water while wearing your retainer can help prevent bacteria overgrowth. Please note, you should never do this with sugary drinks, as they can damage your retainer in the same way they can damage your teeth.
BONUS TIP: We strongly recommend keeping your retainer away from boiling water, dishwashers, washing machines or dryers. Always clean your retainer with lukewarm water.
What common ingredients can you use to clean a retainer?
Studies have proven that you can clean your retainer without using harsh chemicals. A few basic ingredients you already have around the house, prepared correctly, can do just as good a job. Try any of these methods, depending on what you have on hand:
- Toothpaste/Mouthwash — Non-alcoholic mouthwash and non-whitening toothpaste are effective ingredients for cleaning your retainer. Either apply with a toothbrush or soak your clear teeth retainer in a lukewarm solution.
- Baking Soda — Baking soda is a safe choice as it's antibacterial and antimicrobial. Wondering how to clean retainers with baking soda? Create a paste of equal parts water and baking soda. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub your retainer with this mixture, and then rinse thoroughly.
- Vinegar — Soak your retainer in a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water for about 20 minutes. Then give it a rinse and a gentle scrub with a toothbrush before soaking for another 20 minutes.
Order an easy-to-clean night guard online today
At The Knight Guard, we create Australian-made custom-fitted night guards that go beyond basic boil and bite guards. Our invisible retainers are far more capable of protecting your teeth from grinding, as we use impressions of your teeth when designing your retainer. Keeping your new clear teeth retainer clean is easy if you follow any of our tips above. We also offer the opportunity to add Cal-Dent Denture Cleansing sachets at checkout if you prefer to use a scientifically formulated product. If you'd like to learn more about how it works or our collection of retainers, please reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable staff.When you order from The Knight Guard, you'll enjoy multiple payment options (including Visa and Mastercard credit cards, PayPal, Afterpay, and ZipMoney), straight-to-your-door delivery, a 7-day money-back guarantee, and affordable prices. If you have any questions for us, please don't hesitate to fill out our enquiry form.