HOW TO TAKE CARE OF MY RETAINER, ALIGNER OR NIGHT GUARD
Taking care of removable dental appliances is essential to letting them do their job: to bring or maintain your teeth in their new position.
So here are our top tips to help ensure that your retainer, aligner or night guard, as well as your teeth, are properly taken care of.
1. REGULAR CLEANING IS KEY
Establish a daily cleaning routine to ensure your retainer, aligner or night guard stays in good condition and keep any potential problems such as bad odours and stains at bay.
2. ALWAYS USE A SOFT BRISTLED BRUSH
Use a daily cleansing tablet like Polident Retainer & Mouthguard cleanser tablets and then gently brush off any remaining food debris from your removable dental appliance using a soft brush (not your normal toothbrush). As well as keeping your dental appliance clean this will also help avoid scratching your appliance.
3. TAKE CARE DURING REMOVAL
Always use two hands whenever you place in or remove your removable dental appliance. Do not twist or pull it to one side or it may get damaged. Your dentist will guide you on looking after the more delicate components of your appliance.
4. RINSE ON REMOVAL
After using a daily cleanser tablet, rinse your retainer under running water before putting it back in.
5. AVOID EXTREME HEAT
Extreme heat will damage your retainer, aligner or night guard causing it to warp so never put it in boiling or very hot water or in a dishwasher.
6.STORE IN A CASE
Protect your removable dental appliance by putting it in its own case when it is not being worn.
7. REPLACE WHEN NEEDED
If you find that your retainer, aligner or night guard does not fit as well as before, or you lose it, always ask for advice from your dental health professional to ensure there is no relapse in your treatment.
8. KEEP OUT OF REACH FROM CHILDREN AND PETS
Always keep your removable dental appliance out of reach of pets or children.
9. USE A SPECIALIST CLEANSING SOLUTION
Using a specialist dental appliance care cleansing solution, such as Polident Retainer & Mouthguard Cleanser, once a day can help ensure your retainer, aligner or night guard is kept clean and fresh.
- Removes* 99.9% of odour-causing bacteria**
- Is a convenient dissolvable tablet
- Uses Crystal Clear technology to help remove stains and discolouration
*When used as directed. ** In laboratory tests; Kiesow, A. et al. (2016) J. Prosthet. Dent. 115(2) 189-198. Sponsored by Haleon