Can you imagine leaving the house for work in the morning without brushing your teeth? Of course, you can’t! You clean your teeth because you desperately need to get rid of morning breath, your teeth feel filmy and gross, and you want to protect your oral health.
But what about your retainer? If you have had orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, you need to wear your retainer as prescribed so you don’t undo all your efforts for a straighter smile. But if you aren’t caring for it correctly, a dirty retainer can actually compromise your oral health.
Signs that you need to clean your retainer are when it smells or tastes bad, it looks cloudy or you notice a film, or the retainer breaks and cracks frequently. You may also see white spots, which are actually cavity-producing tartar buildup.
Tips for A Clean Retainer
- Drinking water is good for your oral health because it helps flush away bacteria and food particles that cause cavities. The same holds true for your retainer. Rinsing your retainer with water isn’t enough to clean it, but it can help until you can do the job properly.
- Use toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush to clean your retainer during your usual oral hygiene routine. Make it a habit, and you won’t have to worry that your retainer isn’t clean!
- If necessary, you can opt for denture cleaner once in a while to clean your retainer. Just remember that this can eventually cause your retainer to yellow.
Please Call Us for More Tips!
If you have had Invisalign treatment at our Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry and are unsure about the proper method for cleaning your retainer, please call us. We will be happy to make time to review the instructions to ensure that your retainer stays clean and your mouth stays healthy!