If you clean and take care of your retainers they can last many years. Here are the steps to make sure your retainers is clean and fresh.
- You want to clean your retainers with a soft bristle tooth brush and non-abrasive (non tarter control, or grit-less) tooth paste after ever use. If tooth paste isn’t available rinse the retainers in water before storing. Avoid cleaning or rinsing your retainer with any store bought mouth wash.
- We recommend using Freshguard to clean your retainers. Freshguard is available at most drug stores, or online. If freshguard isn’t available denture cleaning tablets can also be used.
- To use Freshguard follow the instruction on the box. Freshguard should be used at least twice a week.
This is the same process for cleaning your invisalign or other orthodontic appliance.
The Do’s and Do Nots’ of cleaning your Clear Essix Retainer:
Do use a soft bristle tooth brush to clean your retainer.
Don’t use abrasive or tartar control tooth paste. This will scratch and damage the retainers.
Do use Freshguard to rinse your retainer.
Don’t use mouthguard rinse to soak the retainer. The alcohol in the mouthguard will make the retainer brittle.
Do cup the retainer in your hand while brushing, or place it on a towel on the counter.
Don’t twist the retainer while brushing. The twisting motion will flex the retainer causing it to crack.
If you clean your retainer from the beginning it will prevent any buildup and or discoloration. After retainers start to discolor it can be difficult to get them back to being clear. If you have questions about cleaning your retainer contact SportingSmiles at Info@SportingSmiles.com