How to Clean Clear Retainers the Safe and Natural Way
If you are done with your orthodontic and you wear a clear retainer, you might be wondering how to clean clear retainers. Your clear retainer sits inside your mouth and against your teeth, so it quickly accumulates bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Just like you brush
and floss your teeth every day, it’s important to clean your retainer every day.
Some patients need to wear a retainer full time for a few months after they have their braces removed. This is because their teeth aren’t set in a rigid environment. Even after they’ve been aligned with orthodontic treatment and moved into a better position, they can shift back over time.
Retainers help the muscles and tissues in your mouth keep teeth in their new placement. Some people may even need to wear their retainers at night for the rest of their life to keep teeth in place.
Here’s more about, how to clean clear retainers, and other tips to keep them well-maintained.
Hawley and Clear Plastic Retainers
Cleaning your retainer starts with identifying which type you have. There are three types of retainers:
- Hawley retainers
- Clear plastic retainers
- Fixed, or bonded, retainers
Here we will discuss how to clean Hawley and clear plastic retainers. Both Hawley and clear plastic retainers are removeable so, you can remove them from your mouth for daily cleaning. To clean your removeable retainers, follow these steps:
Make sure you clean your retainer every time you remove it from your mouth, make sure you clean it while it’s still wet. This will make it easier to clean off any debris before it hardens. Brush your retainer with lukewarm water after each meal. It’s a good idea to brush your teeth at that time as well.
If you want a deeper clean, mix lukewarm water with mild dish soap. You can use a soft toothbrush or denture brush to gently scrub away plaque and other debris. Don’t use toothpastes because they are abrasive and can scratch the retainer’s surface
You can also use a cotton swab to get into the deepest grooves and ridges on clear plastic retainers. Ask your orthodontist about soaking your retainers in a denture or retainer cleaner. If your orthodontist recommends soaking your retainers, mix a cup of lukewarm water with one tablet of cleaner and follow the package instructions for timing.
If you find some debris on your retainer that won’t come off or your clear retainer turned yellow, take it to your orthodontist. They have some special solutions that can remove stubborn tartar
Keeping your retainer clean and odor free is important, but many popular cleaning methods will cause harm to your retainer and your mouth too. Chemicals like hydrogen peroxide and persulfate should never be a part of your cleaning routine. Neither you should use bleach, boiling water, or even regular toothpastes to clean your retainers. If you still have any confusion about how to clean clear retainers feel free to contact orthodontic experts. We would love to help you. If you want get a beautiful smile, schedule your free consultation now!