There are many similarities in caring for your retainers just as how you would care for your aligners. Let us run through them below:
Keeping your retainers clean
It is important to keep your retainers clean in order to maintain healthy oral hygiene. Just like you wouldn’t put a dirty object in your mouth, you wouldn’t want to put a dirty retainer in yours. The basics of cleaning your retainers is to rinse it out each time you remove it from your mouth. It is best to rinse it as soon as you remove it from your mouth before it dries. This makes it easier to clean any saliva and debris before it hardens.
Brushing it with a toothbrush under lukewarm water would ensure removal of any debris that has not been washed away by rinsing. To achieve a deeper clean, you may choose to use a clear and mild dish soap to brush it with. Be sure to mix the soap with water before applying it onto your retainers. Take note to not use toothpaste as it would scratch your retainers and affect the look of it.
Once a week, soak your retainers in a solution of baking soda and water or if you wish, you could purchase denture cleansers and soak them in it. Always rinse your retainers thoroughly before placing them back into your mouth.
What should I do when I am not wearing them?
When you are not wearing your retainers, store them in a case to keep them from getting dirty or scratched. Ensure that your retainers are cleaned thoroughly before putting them in their containers, dirty retainers in an enclosed space creates an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Always air dry your retainers or put them in a container with sufficient airflow after you have cleansed them as a moist environment allows for growth of mold and bacteria. Never leave your retainers out in direct sunlight or close to a heat source as the heat may cause the plastic to melt or warp. Store them properly in their designated cases. This would also prevent your retainers from being damaged by pets if you have any.
It may sound silly but keeping your retainers in a container also helps in not losing them. Many times, people wrap their retainers in napkins and end up throwing them out by mistake.
Last but not least, remember to clean your retainer cases as well. Even if you clean your retainers each time before you store them, bacteria may have accumulated in the case without you knowing. By practicing good hygiene, you can maintain or even extend your retainer’s life, saving you money in the long run. It would also be beneficial to your oral hygiene and help you keep that beautiful smile you’ve worked hard to achieve.
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