We all know it is important to regularly brush our teeth to help keep them healthy and clean. However, did you know that plaque and tartar can also accumulate on your removable dental appliance? That is why it is so important to follow the directions that your dental professional gave on how to correctly clean your retainer, aligner or mouth guard in the right way, every day.
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR?
If you notice any of the following signs, plaque or tartar could be building up. Studies show wearing a removable dental appliance can lead to an increase of plaque or odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. Poor appliance hygiene can lead to bad breath, stains and plaque accumulation. However, by keeping your removable dental appliance clean, you can keep potential problems such as bad odors at bay. Learn more about the importance of keeping retainers, aligners and mouth guards clean.
SIGNS YOUR REMOVABLE APPLIANCE ISN’T CLEAN
- Does it smell or taste bad?
- Is it covered in a cloudy, white film?
- Can you see white spots?
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN MY RETAINER, ALIGNER OR NIGHT GUARD?
There is so much information on different types of cleaning methods that it can be confusing to know which is best. So, we’ve explained the pros and cons of several cleaning methods so you can decide how to clean your retainer or mouth guard to help keep it clean. Always consult with your dental professional.
Method 1: Soak and rinse in water
Extreme heat will distort and permanently damage the acrylic leaving you with an uncomfortable and poor-fitting removable dental appliance. Therefore, you should never rinse your retainer, aligner or mouth guard in hot or boiling water. Always use cool or lukewarm water to clean anything off before storing it and rinse again before you put it back in your mouth. Always consult with your dental professional and use the cleaning regimen they recommend.