The Ultimate Retainer Care Guide: Keeping Them Sparkling Clean

Congratulations on your journey towards a beautiful smile! Whether you’re in the middle of treatment or have completed your orthodontic procedure at Davoody & Hablinski Orthodontics, retaining that beautiful smile requires a bit of care and attention to your retainers.

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits means incorporating retainer care into your daily routine. 


Here are some valuable tips to keep your orthodontic retainers clean and safe:

  • Dedicated Retainer Toothbrush: To prevent the transfer of bacteria, use a separate toothbrush dedicated solely to cleaning your retainer.
  • Avoid Toothpaste: Opt for mild cleaners like liquid soap, hand soap, or baking soda to clean your retainer. Rinse thoroughly to eliminate any soapy taste.
  • Say No to Boiling or Bleaching: Hot water, boiling, or bleaching can warp the retainer, affecting its fit and appearance.
  • Protect With a Towel: Prevent accidental damage by placing a towel underneath your retainer when handling it.
  • Store Safely: Keep your retainer in its case when not in use to avoid exposure to germs or accidental loss or damage.

For Removing Yellow Stain From Retainers:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, Warm Water, Toothbrush

In a warm bowl of water, use half water, half hydrogen peroxide, 2 TBSP of baking soda and a toothbrush. It will take many minutes to hours to brighten and clean depending upon the severity. Soak them overnight or all day if they are extra dirty.

For Removing Crusty Layers That Won’t Brush Off:

  • Distilled White Vinegar (5% Acidity), Warm Water, Toothbrush

Soak your retainers in a 50/50 solution of warm water and vinegar before brushing. This may take up to 30 minutes. Rinse well afterward to remove any vinegar taste.

Remember, after investing time and effort in straightening your teeth, proper retainer care is crucial. Adhering to your orthodontist’s instructions will preserve your stunning smile for years to come. Allocate a little extra effort to maintain their cleanliness and safety, ensuring your retainers last longer.