Millions of people own a retainer to maintain a straight smile, but it is common for people with retainers to clean them incorrectly — or not clean them at all. In 2015, more than 1 million people in North America had braces. Most people should wear a retainer off and on for the rest of their lives to keep their teeth from moving as they age. People often stop wearing their retainers after a few years.
If you’re holding strong — or just had your braces removed — it’s essential to clean your retainer to prevent teeth and gum problems (not to mention bad breath). Most retainers are made of porous material, so they can absorb whatever is used to clean them.
Here are multiple ways to clean your retainer safely:
Avoid These Home Cleaning Remedies
There are many home remedies that purport to clean your retainer. However, some of these methods are not only ineffective but can harm this expensive dental object.
Here are some cleaning methods to avoid:
We will gladly assist you in the cleaning process. Please contact us if you have any questions about your retainer.