How to Clean Retainers

How to Clean Retainers At Home

You never think to pass a day without brushing your teeth. However, I see many people use retainers for a long time without clean. That’s why feel the bad odors even it’s not possible to use.

 Also there have a chance to grow bacteria’s if you don’t clean your retainers for a few days. You already know the harmful side of the bacteria’s. So this is a better idea to clean it every day. 

Most of the person doesn’t know how to clean retainers. In this article, we’ll show you some steps, which help you to clean the retainers more effectively. These processes are very easy.

How to Clean Retainers Most Effectively At Home

There have many ways to clean, but all the methods are not easy. Here I’m going to discuss the easy and effective process. If you follow these, easily capable to remove the bad odors, stop the growth of bacteria’s and use the retainer for a long time.

You can also choose the retainer cleaners, these are always better than the homemade methods. If you are not interested to invest in retainers cleaner then you can follow the below tips.

1. Toothpaste

I always recommend brushing your retainers, when you brushing teeth. A better idea is to use non-whitening toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.  After brushing properly you can remove it and rinse as well. This process helps rid of the bad odor and makes the retainer shine. 

 2. Denture Cleaner

If you don’t have other options, you can use the denture cleaner to clean your retainers properly. Sometimes you can notice that denture cleaner can run a retainer yellow.  

If you want to clean the retainer with it, just you have to rinse your retainers then soak in the denture cleaners. Make sure you have soaked it for a minimum of 25 minutes. Then out it and take a soft toothbrush and gently scrub the retainer.

3. Mouthwash.

Probably you know the mouthwash comes to combat bacteria and plaque. Even it great for combat the other deposits in your mouth.

If you not get other homemade options, or don’t have retainer cleaners, then you can pick this option. Because it’s ideal to clean the retainers.

But remember, every time don’t use the mouthwash to clean your retainers. Also sometimes it may not bring the accepted results to the clean retainers.  Mouthwash and containing alcohol can also dry out both your retainers and the mouth.

As you not getting other options that’s why I’ll recommend you to dip your retainer in non-alcoholic mouthwash. Then wait for three to five minutes. 

Then take it and using the cold water to rinsing the retainer. This process will help you to clean a bit. To get shine, you have to use a soft toothbrush, and then brush it properly. 


Every side has some advantages and disadvantages. Above we have discussed the most important three steps. There you have noticed two retainers cleaning method are not well.

That’s why always you can follow the number one method. It is a totally safe process and will not be any problem for the retainers. You can also check a guide from here HOW LONG WILL MY CLEAR ESSIX RETAINERS LAST?

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