Most retainers are made of porous materials that can hold on to odors. This means you not only want to make sure you clean yours regularly but that you want to take care with what you clean it with.
If at any time you have questions about orthodontics, be sure to contact your Van Nuys dentist at The Dental Care Center. Meanwhile, read on for some tips on how to correctly clean your retainer.
How to Keep Your Retainer Clean and Fresh
#1. Keep your retainer moist by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water can help keep bacteria at bay, prevent potential damage to your retainer, and combat dry mouth.
#2. When you brush your teeth, brush your retainer as well. A soft-bristled toothbrush is recommended. You can use toothpaste, but avoid whitening toothpaste, which contains abrasives.
#3. If there is no other option available, you can occasionally use denture cleaner. Don’t use it regularly, however, as it can turn your retainer yellow.
#4. Baking soda is a mild cleaner that controls bacteria. If your retainer has taken on a yellow hue, baking soda can also help whiten it.
#5. In a pinch, you can use mouthwash to clean your retainer, but you probably do not want to use it every time. It won’t clean your retainer thoroughly, and mouthwash that contains alcohol can dry out your retainer.
#6. Using a half-and-half solution of vinegar and water, you can soak your retainer for about 20 minutes before using a mild brush to clean it. The strong smell of vinegar might linger, so be sure to rinse your retainer thoroughly.
#7. Ask your orthodontist about recommended retainer cleaners. Be sure to follow the directions included in the package and check for potential sensitivities.
Check with your Van Nuys dentist about orthodontics before deciding on a cleaning method for your retainer. Call The Dental Care Center with questions!