3 Steps to Keep Your Invisible Retainer Clean

 In AccuSmile, Retainer Care

Your new Invisible Retainer are going to spend 20 to 22 hours a day in your mouth.  No matter how often you brush and floss, those trays will get dirty.  During the few hours a day when they’re not straightening your smile, your Invisible Retainer need proper care to stay clean.  Here are three simple steps to keep your retainer invisible and your teeth healthy.

Brush them every morning

If you have morning breath, so do your retainer!  The same combination of bacteria and saliva that coats your mouth is also all over your trays.  After you brush your teeth, rinse your retainer in cool water and brush the inside and outside to get them totally clean.  Be thorough but gentle, so you don’t scratch them.

Rinse them every time you take them out

When you take your Invisible Retainer trays out to eat or drink, give them a quick rinse before you put them away to avoid saliva and plaque building up.  After your meal, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth and rinse your trays again to make sure you’re not trapping any food particles next to your teeth.  Don’t be tempted to use hot water to sanitize your retainer.  That heat can warp them and throw off your treatment plan.

Disinfect them daily

No matter how good you are about brushing, your retainer needs to be disinfected every day.  The Invisible Retainer cleaning crystals system is specifically designed to work with clear retainers, so it’s a perfect choice.  EverSmile WhiteFoam is also made for cleaning clear aligners while whitening teeth at the same time.  You can also use retainer cleansers as long as they aren’t too abrasive.  Ask your orthodontist if they have a preferred product that gives them the best results and make sure you follow the directions.  Don’t soak your trays in mouthwash, which could stain them, or denture cleanser, which could damage them.

At Big Bend Orthodontics, we create healthy, beautiful smiles for life!  With our digital Accusmile process, your entire treatment – including invisible braces, clear aligners, and invisible retainers – can be handled through our office.  To learn more about the treatment options we offer, call our office or contact us today!

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