4 Tips to Keep Your Retainers Clean

Do you currently wear retainers? Most of these retainers are to be worn for 8-10 hours a night, so it is important to keep them clean. Poorly cleaned appliances, like retainers, can lead to cavities, gum disease and bad breath. Here are a few tips to keep those retainers clean.

  1. Brush! Any time you remove your retainers, be sure to brush your teeth. After that use your toothbrush to also brush the retainer.

  2. Weekly Soak. Soaking retainers for a few minutes in Listerine® or other alcohol based mouth rinses will kill any residual bacteria clinging to the surface of the retainers.

  3. Deep Clean. Remove any heavy build up with White Vinegar and Water. Every so often examine your retainers. If they start to discolor or begin to have white build up, it’s time for a quick vinegar soak. Combine a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water and soak your retainers for 5 minutes, then lightly brush them. This will clean off the surface build up and staining.

  4. Why not trust the professionals to clean your retainers? When you get your teeth cleaned, bring in your retainers. We will be happy to clean and disinfect them for you!

Do you need your retainer evaluated or are you in need of a new one? Give us a call 317-887-0700 or schedule online at KumferFamilyDental.com.

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