Ways On How To Clean Your Retainers

Ways On How To Clean Your Retainers


A retainer’s purpose is to maintain tooth positions after treatment is completed and braces are removed. Once your bite has been corrected, bone and gums need more time to stabilize around the teeth.

A wire dental retainer should be effective as long as you wear it, providing that the retainer wire and glue have been properly made and fixed into your mouth. Teeth can continue to shift years after braces are removed, so as long as the retainer is well maintained and your teeth are kept clean and healthy, you should be able to continue wearing the retainer for many years.

The recommended length of time for wearing a retainer varies. Most children and teenagers wear retainers until their early to mid-20s or until their wisdom teeth come in or are removed. You should strictly follow your orthodontist’s advice because he or she knows your treatment best.

WEAR IT: For the first month, your retainer must be worn ALL THE TIME except when you eat and when you brush your teeth.  You might be challenged to speak clearly in the beginning.  This will won’t last long.  Within a few days, you will be able to speak normally and no one may even notice the retainer you are wearing. After the first month, your retainer should be worn during sleep every night for at least two years and until 21 years of age.  Your retainer must be worn at least three nights per week FOREVER!

KEEP IT CLEAN: Brush your retainer with cool water and tooth paste every day.  Soak it in a dental cleanser or mouthwash periodically to keep it fresh.  NEVER place your retainer in hot water, as it may become distorted and require replacement.

DON’T LOSE OR BREAK IT: The easiest way to avoid losing the retainer is simply by keeping it in your mouth.  It should always be worn as instructed or placed safely in the case provided.  When these rules are not followed, the retainer can be lost, sat on, or thrown away.  There will be additional charges to replace lost or broken retainers.  Please call immediately if you need a replacement so your teeth aren’t given a chance to move.

DON’T ADJUST IT YOURSELF: If, for any reason, the retainers don’t fit properly, call us right away for an appointment.  We can adjust it for you!  Retainers are delicate appliances; do not try to adjust them yourself.


How To Care For Your Retainers


    • 1. Rinse the retainer thoroughly with luke warm water. Avoid using hot water as this could warp the plastic.
    • 2. Fill a small bowl with 4 cups of water. Add a few ounces of castile soap to the bowl. Place the retainer into the bowl.
    • 3. Allow the retainer to soak in the soapy water for at least 15 minutes.
    • 4.Place a few ounces of toothpaste onto a toothbrush and scrub the retainer after it has been taken out of the soapy water.
    • 5. Pour 4 cups of mouthwash into a small bowl. Place the retainer into the bowl and allow it to soak overnight.
    • 6. Remove the retainer from the bowl and rinse it with luke warm water.


Clear plastic retainers are used by children and adults alike to help further align teeth after braces. A child may also have one tooth that needs a little tweaking and will have to wear a retainer while sleeping to remedy the situation. These retainers are specially molded to fit the wearer’s mouth exactly and can be quite expensive. Retainers can easily become knocked over, dropped or accidentally thrown into the garbage. It is important to properly clean a retainer to ensure that any germs picked up are washed away.


Glovsky Orthodontics


754 S. Val Vista Dr., Suite 107
Gilbert, AZ 85296

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Phone: (480) 892-6200
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