Best way to clean a clear retainer - hints and tips please!

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Balfie
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Best way to clean a clear retainer - hints and tips please!

#1 Post by Balfie » Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:40 am

I had my braces off the day before yesterday :D , and picked up my clear retainers (top and bottom) yesterday evening, so last night was my first night with them in.

My dentist has recommended Retainer Brite to clean them, or using soap - does anyone know what kind of soap is best? I wish I'd asked more questions while I was there!
I have ordered some Retainer Brite online, but that could work out an expensive way to clean them so was hoping to just use that once or twice per week and brush them in between?

Whats everyone's experiences? Any hints and tips please?

Whilst looking to buy the Retainer Brite I was reading some pretty revolting things about retainers becoming full of gunk, becoming discoloured, even starting to smell!!! :shock: the thought of my retainer getting like that makes me feel queasy, I wouldnt even want to put it in my mouth!

Help please!

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Re: Best way to clean a clear retainer - hints and tips please!

#2 Post by atrixa » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:36 pm

I've had a lower retainer all through my braces treatment to wear at night, and I find that using retainer brite twice a week then brushing them with water and a soft toothbrush works fine. I was told to never use mouthwash or toothpaste, as that could scratch them.
Upper arch braced (traditional metal) on 17/02/17
Debonded 17/01/18 with a fixed retainer
Estimated treatment time 18 months, actual time 11 months :-*

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Re: Best way to clean a clear retainer - hints and tips please!

#3 Post by Balfie » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:12 am

[quote="atrixa"]I've had a lower retainer all through my braces treatment to wear at night, and I find that using retainer brite twice a week then brushing them with water and a soft toothbrush works fine. I was told to never use mouthwash or toothpaste, as that could scratch them.[/quote]

Thankyou, cant wait for my Retainer Brite to arrive!
I've been looking on Google and getting so confused! And really not sure about using soap but thats all I've got at the moment.
Yes I was also told not to use toothpaste or mouthwash. Shame as that would be so easy!

Thankyou, will go with water and brushing and use the Retainer Brite a couple of times a week. Hoping I can keep them nice and clean. :)

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Re: Best way to clean a clear retainer - hints and tips please!

#4 Post by djspeece » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:04 am

I brush mine lightly with toothpaste and toothbrush daily (I have a Vivera retainer) as directed by the manufacturer and my orthodontist. I find the soaks really do not get them "squeaky clean". I have not seen an increase in scratches but it really wouldn't matter since I only have to wear them at night, and as soon as they get wet the minor abrasions disappear! I have heard that some orthos recommend the use of dishwashing detergent which would probably work great; just not sure if there would be an unpleasant after-taste.
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#5 Post by kppixie » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:11 am

Hi, I use denture tablets, i only use half a tablet and soak them until I use them at night. It makes sure there are squeaky clean and no bacteria looming anywhere. Cheap too!

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#6 Post by EmilyTravels » Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:49 am

I just got a lower Essix retainer today (top braces come off next week) and realize that I didn't ask the tech. how often to brush/wash it. Do I need to do this every time I take it out to eat or brush my teeth, or only once a day. I am on full-time wear for 3-4 months and already can't wait to go to night-time wear only.

I also ordered a bunch of Retainer-Brite (a year's supply), but my husband did some research and determined that denture tablets work just as well at a MUCH cheaper cost. :-+ I'm not sure whether to use this daily or a couple of times a week?

I had my braces routine all down pat, but now I feel like a newbie all over again! Thanks for any advice....

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Re: Best way to clean a clear retainer - hints and tips please!

#7 Post by bbsadmin » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:35 pm

Brushing a retainer isn't really a good way to go. Besides the scratches being an aesthetic problem, the scratches will harbor more bacteria as time goes on. You have to think about how you are tackling plaque buildup and bacterial buildup.

There are many products out there for cleaning retainers. Denture tablets could yellow your retainer over time (especially clear plastic ones). DentaKit.com carries 7 different retainer cleaners, including Retainer Brite, SonicBrite, DentaSoak, Dentibrite, OAP Foam, etc. https://www.dentakit.com/for-retainers.html

There's also a Retainer Cleaner Finder to help you decide which one is the best for your situation: https://www.dentakit.com/cleaner-finder.html
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!

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