How To Properly Clean Your Dental Retainer After Wearing It

Dental retainers are used by many people for a variety of different reasons, from helping to stop your teeth from moving out of place to preventing teeth grinding while you sleep.

Retainers require regular and thorough cleaning to ensure they stay as hygienic as possible, and do not become discoloured or get stained over time.

You should make sure to thoroughly rinse your retainer every time you remove it. This helps to remove any saliva and debris that may have built up or stuck to the retainer during the time it was worn.

When cleaning its important to make sure that you don’t use any cleaning products which are abrasive as this can cause damage to the retainer which may make it ineffective.

Using mild soap or toothpaste with a soft-bristled toothbrush will be your best option. These are safe for use on your teeth and in your mouth so therefore shouldn’t cause any damage to your retainer either.

Cleaning products such as bleach should never be used on your retainer as they are unsafe and can cause damage to the material your retainer is made of, as well as being unsafe to put in your mouth, even after thorough rinsing.

You should make a habit of cleaning your retainer every day, ideally after every meal, to prevent the build-up of bacteria, plaque, and staining or discolouration. This may not always be possible, so rinsing it after eating will suffice until you are able to clean it.

You can purchase specialised solutions which you can soak your retainers in. Many people choose to do this regularly alongside brushing and rinsing to ensure their retainer is as well maintained as possible.

Ensure you rinse your retainer after cleaning, either manually or by soaking, to reduce any residue of the product you used. This can sometimes cause irritation to your mouth, so removing it by rinsing is the safest option.