Most people brush their teeth twice a day yet go long periods of time without cleaning their retainer. However, cleaning your retainer is just as important to prevent bacterial growth. Therefore, you should clean your retainer after it is worn to keep it in its best shape and top cleanliness. Here are a few simple solutions on how to clean your retainer!
Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, simply apply a little non-whitening toothpaste with water and gently scrub the retainer. Toothpaste helps to remove bacteria and will kill any germs in your retainer.
Baking soda is another common remedy to clean retainers. It is a safe, all-purpose disinfectant. It can also help to reduce any yellowing that the retainer may be experiencing. To use this method, mix a little bowl of half water and half baking soda. Then, scrub the retainer with the mixture using a soft toothbrush and rinse thoroughly.
Many companies sell a cleaner specifically for retainers. This can be an easy solution for those that do not want to use an at-home remedy. Talk to your orthodontist about a retainer cleaner that may be right for you!
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