It’s important to take care of your retainer. Always take it out during meals to avoid staining and unwanted food particles. Your retainer will develop plaque and bacteria from consistent wear, and you’ll want to keep it clean from leftover food and other debris. Care for your retainer depends on which style you choose.
For acrylic retainers, rinse it out several times throughout the day with warm water. Never use hot water, as heat will warp and damage your retainer. Retainers will also crack if they dry out, so be sure soak it in water whenever not in use. To keep your retainer clean and fresh, you can soak it in mouthwash or denture cleaning solution.
For clear retainers, rinse your retainer with warm water every time you take it out, then clean it with a drop of dish soap on a soft-bristle toothbrush. Be sure to scrub your retainer inside and out, then rinse it again before putting it back in. Never use toothpaste to clean your retainer. Toothpaste is too abrasive and will permanently scratch up your retainer.
Maintain your beautiful smile with a retainer from our practice. For retainers in Arvada, call our office at (720) 800-9331 today.