How do you clean your retainer?

If you have finished with your orthodontic treatment and are wearing retainers (or will be soon), this is a special place to connect with others in your (enviable) situation. Ask a question or make a comment about life post-braces.

Moderator: bbsadmin

Message
Author
User avatar
luchababe
Posts: 313
Joined: Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:56 am
Location: Ontario

How do you clean your retainer?

#1 Post by luchababe »

I've noticed plaque build up on a few spots on my removable retainer. After some Googling it seems soaking it in a 1/2 and 1/2 solution of water and vinegar is most common. I was told to NOT use a toothbrush to clean it since it might scratch it and those scratches will gather bacteria which will stink, etc etc. The cleaner that starts with the letter P that has been used in spam posts, so it's censored. was also recommended but I don't see that taking off the hard plaque gunk.

So I'm looking for some suggestions!

I'm going for a dental cleaning in 3 weeks so I think I'll take my retainer in with me and see if the hygienist can either scrape it off for me or suggest something I can do.

User avatar
luchababe
Posts: 313
Joined: Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:56 am
Location: Ontario

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#2 Post by luchababe »

In case anyone reads this post, I tried the 1/2 and 1/2 white vinegar and warm water idea and it worked pretty good. It loosened the plaque so I could gentle rub it off with my finger. A few more soaks and it should be quite clean.

loradora
Posts: 165
Joined: Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:11 pm

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#3 Post by loradora »

My ortho instructed me to soak them in vinegar/water once a week for about an hour.
Image


Image

bbsadmin
Posts: 3439
Joined: Sat Aug 28, 2004 7:03 pm
Location: Northern California
Contact:

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#4 Post by bbsadmin »

The vinegar and water won't stop the plaque buildup. For that you need a professional strength retainer cleaning product, such as Retainer Brite, SonicBrite, Cleanse Freshen Go, or DentaSoak. You can find all of them at DentaKit.com.

Do not use denture tablets; they will eventually turn your retainer yellow.
I'm the owner/admin of this site. Had ceramic uppers, metal lowers ~3 years in my early 40's. Now in Hawley retainers at night!

smartygirl
Posts: 41
Joined: Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:01 pm
Location: toronto
Contact:

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#5 Post by smartygirl »

do you know if there are any canadian sites carrying these products? dentakit charges $30 to ship!
the comeback kid: my blog about braces, asthma, and a broken foot.

smilezofmetal
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:54 pm

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#6 Post by smilezofmetal »

Have you tried denture soaks...that's what I use.

BracedSurgeryStudent
Posts: 1091
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:02 pm
Location: Dartmouth Massachusetts
Contact:

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#7 Post by BracedSurgeryStudent »

I was told: NO denture OR retainer cleaners at ALL. Use a hard bristled toothbrush cold water ONLY, no warm or hot water, and no soaking it in hot water or boiling it.
Jenn Medeiros

lana23
Posts: 19
Joined: Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:26 pm

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#8 Post by lana23 »

My ortho recommended Efferdent denture tablets so I went out and bought a 6 month supply. When that runs out, I will give the Retainer brite a go.

cs2thecox
Posts: 178
Joined: Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:39 am
Location: London, UK

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#9 Post by cs2thecox »

I have Essix-type retainers and was told to use a normal toothbrush and no more than warm water. I guess hot water softens the plastic again, and changes the shape! Definitely no abrasive toothpaste either.

I was also told that denture cleaning tablets are fine to use. (Or specific retainer ones - I got a free sample of RetainerBrite or something.)
I only have to wear my retainers at night (I have permanent bonded wires top and bottom too) so it doesn't really matter if they go a bit yellow!

Roses
Posts: 82
Joined: Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:00 am

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#10 Post by Roses »

I was told a soft brush and cold water whenever I take it out for food/before bed/to freshen up and then use a denture cleaner regularly, but the one I have been using from boots is 90p for a months supply so I've been using it every day
Image

Image

User avatar
phasesofbeauty
Posts: 68
Joined: Thu May 15, 2014 4:05 pm
Location: Virginia
Contact:

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#11 Post by phasesofbeauty »

I have clear Vivera retainers.

I brush them thoroughly with liquid soap and water at least once a day.
Helpful Information to Make Your Life More Frugal and More Fun!
https://krystalbrownblog.wordpress.com

cs2thecox
Posts: 178
Joined: Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:39 am
Location: London, UK

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#12 Post by cs2thecox »

Roses - totally agree on the Boots denture cleaner. Fairly sure it comes out the same factory as Steradent etc and it's an absolute bargain!
I used it on my night guards for years before I got braces and never had any problems.
(Although being a bit more careful with water temperature and my retainers!)

plugnickel69
Posts: 526
Joined: Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:15 am

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#13 Post by plugnickel69 »

I was told very soft brush that they use at the ortho's office and antibacterial liquid soap. Seems to work. Been doing that successfully for a year-and-a-half.

retainerjoe
Posts: 292
Joined: Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:38 am
Location: nashville tenn

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#14 Post by retainerjoe »

DAWN dish soap, put water in a cup enough to cover them add about ten or so drops of soap mix add retainers , just like soaking pots and pans , cheap works great :jump:
http://community.webshots.com/user/head ... =community this link also has my video of me getting my braces

plugnickel69
Posts: 526
Joined: Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:15 am

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

#15 Post by plugnickel69 »

DAWN, interesting. I used to work with a guy who used DAWN to clean his contact lenses.

Post Reply