How often do you clean your hawley retainers?

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drgnchsr36
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How often do you clean your hawley retainers?

#1 Post by drgnchsr36 »

Just curious, how often do you clean your hawley retainers? Do you clean them every day? Every week? I use Retainer Brite, but I'm not sure how often is too often...

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Nozzelnut
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Re: How often do you clean your hawley retainers?

#2 Post by Nozzelnut »

Daily; the Retainer Brite cleaners or efferdent (sp) denture cleaning tablets.
Round 3 (lifetime) Damon stainless applied 3/16/20 (after 4 weeks attempting invisalign)
Upper ceramics 5/21/14, Lower stainless 5/28/14
Double jaw surgery was 6/18/15. Estimated time Jan 2016; still on at my 2 year anniversary...
Braces removed 7/20/18; upper and lower Hawley and Essix retainers with bonded lower too.
I'm emphatically against extraction orthodontics!

assertives
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Re: How often do you clean your hawley retainers?

#3 Post by assertives »

I clean them daily. I brush with water once to get off whatever residue left on them over the night, and then brush them with castile soap to clean them when I take them off every morning. I soak them in retainer brite cleaning tablets once a week.

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Re: How often do you clean your hawley retainers?

#4 Post by bbsadmin »

You need to clean them every single day.
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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Re: How often do you clean your hawley retainers?

#5 Post by jem »

I do the same as Assertives. My ortho advised to use retainerbrite only once per week.
Sectional brace with Damon clear brackets fitted to front 6 upper teeth 3 January 2012
Brackets added to premolars 2 April 2012
Estimated treatment time originally 6-9 months
. Brace removed on 22 July 2013 after 18 months and 19 days
Now enjoying bonded upper retainer plus part time essix/hawley( I have both)

Click here for my story http://www.archwired.com/phpbb2/viewtop ... =9&t=42194

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