After your orthodontic treatment, your dentist may suggest you wear the retainers for a year. It would help you to maintain the teeth’ position. If you wear retainers, then you should know how to clean them safely. Many people are not aware of cleaning the retainers. If you don’t clean the retainers, then it would build up plaque that would cause oral issues. Also, retainers look like dirt that is visible to others. Here are a few things you should know to clean the retainers safely.
Use toothbrush separately:
It is good to have a separate toothbrush for cleaning the retainers. Because you will clean the plaque and food from your retainer. If you use the same toothbrush to clean the teeth, then bacteria may affect the gum. Therefore, good advice to clean your teeth is by using a separate toothbrush for cleaning retainers.
Don’t use toothpaste:
Toothpaste is abrasive so it is not recommended to use it for cleaning the retainers. It is good to consider using the liquid solution or vinegar to clean the retainer. Learning how to clean a retainer with vinegar helps you to clean the retainers effectively.
Never bleach to disinfect:
You should not use hot water to clean the retainer. Because the hot water may warp the retainer that may not fit your teeth properly. Whereas bleach is also not a good idea that might change the color and it is also hard to remove the odor from the retainer.
Keep retainers safe:
If you are not keeping the retainers in the mouth, then you should consider placing them in the retainer case safely. So, you should carry them with you wherever go. Because a retainer can get a lot of germs easily if they are kept open.
Thus, the above are a few tips that you should consider to keep your retainers safe.