How To Clean Your Retainer Without Damaging Or Breaking It

When you get your retainer, it’s very important that you clean it properly so that you avoid bacterial growth. With time, bacterial growth will lead to tooth decay and cavities. You need to wear it to keep your teeth straight. Since it will be in your mouth for a long period of time daily, you must make sure that it’s clean and well maintained. This article will look how to properly clean your retainer and how to maintain it.


You should clean your retainer at least once a day. The best time to clean it is right before wearing it and right when you take it off.

  1. Get yourself a small bowl and fill it with warm water.
  2. Afterwards, add some dish detergent into the bowl and mix it until it’s foamy and bubbles appear
  3. Now place it in the bowl. Get a tooth brush and brush your retainer from all angles while in the bowl.
  4. Remove it from the bowl and empty your bowl. Now rinse the bowl with water and fill it with some mouth wash such as Listerine.
  5. Place it in the Listerine and let it sit for about 30 minutes
    1. Be sure to not let is sit in the Listerine for too long because the plastic will start to break down from chemical reactions.
  6. After 30 minutes, remove your retainer and rinse it with water.
  7. Now place it in your mouth or in its case.

After Cleaning

Before placing it back in the case, you need to make sure its clean or else it will pick up bacteria that’s within the case.

  1. First, wipe any saliva or spit off with a paper towel.
  2. Rinse it with water and soap
  3. Make sure that you clean any corners and areas that can house bacteria
  4. If you have beach solution, mix the bleach with water and clean the case.
    1. Leave the solution in the case for around 10 minutes.
  5. Afterwards rinse your case with water
  6. Dry your case with a paper towel
  7. Place your dry retainer in the case

How Often

Clean your retainer daily, and if you have the time, clean your case daily as well. If you don’t have the time, clean your case once every few days. If you don’t clean it or its case, bacteria will accumulate. The bacteria then transfers to your mouth where it will lead to tooth decay and even cavities. This will hamper your teeth and your health. The more you take care of it, the more you’re taking care of your oral health. You can save yourself a lot of problems down the road by investing some time in cleaning it right now.

Before placing it in your mouth, even if you don’t have to time to fully clean, be sure to at least rinse it with water and make sure there’s no crusts (dried up saliva) on the surface of it.

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