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How to clean dental retainers?

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How to clean dental retainers?

A frequent question that we are asked in the dental office has to do about dental retainers, focusing on their cleaning process.

There are several dental treatments that its use involves: the retention stage after the braces are removed, orthodontics with invisaling, or even the use of dental guards in cases of bruxism or significant dental wear. So, how do you clean dental retainers? Here are ways to properly clean your retainers.

Why do I need to clean the retainers?

During the retention stage, transparent retainers are used to keep the teeth in the correct position after the brackets are taken off. A retainer must be worn daily, which makes it susceptible to plaque build-up and bacteria growth. If not cleaned, retainers can cause additional problems, such as bad breath or tooth decay.

First method

Materials:

• Soft bristle toothbrush

• Neutral liquid soap

Steps:

Step 1. Rinse your retainer with lukewarm water for 10 seconds.

Step 2. Add a drop of liquid soap to the head of the toothbrush.

Step 3. Here you start brushing the dental retainer. Start from the inside, using no extra force to avoid damaging the retainers.

Step 4. Begin cleaning the outside of the retainers.

Step 5. Once both parts are clean begin rinsing your retainers. Rinse with the clean toothbrush until foaming stops.

Advantages:

  • It is the most appropriate way to clean dental retainers, since no abrasive substances are used.
  • You can get the ingredients at any supermarket.
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Second method

Materials:

• Soft bristle toothbrush

• White vinegar

• Water

Steps:

Step 1. Soak the retainers in a solution containing half parts of white vinegar and half parts of water for 15 minutes. They can be left soaking in their protective case.

Step 2. Remove the retainers from the container and briefly rinse for a few seconds.

Step 3. Brush your retainers with the soft bristle brush, first on the inside and then on the outside.

Step 4. Rinse your retainers with plenty of water, they should keep being rinsed until there is no vinegar smell.

Advantages:

The ingredients are easy to find at home.

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Third method

Materials:

Effervescent tablets

Steps:

Step 1. Remove the pill from its container and follow the package instructions. Each pill has its own time of action.

Step 2. Rinse the retainers with plenty of water.

Advantages:

They offer a complete care with specific products for cleaning retainers

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When should I clean my retainers?

Dental retainers should be cleaned at least once a day. However, it is also a good idea to brush them briefly after each meal.

These were some tips compiled by our dentists and orthodontists from Somos Dental.

In Somos Dental we offer conventional dental braces and invisalign treatments. Also, we manufacture night guards for Bruxism problems. We have taken strict hygiene measures in the face of the crisis due to the new Coronavirus (Covid-19). You can contact us by filling our online form, and you will get your first appointment for free. You can also contact us through the options of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, email or by calling at 623-232-0089.

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