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Clean those clear retainers

If someone in your family uses clear aligners or retainers, they should be cleaning them regularly. Without routine cleaning, they can harbor bacteria that are harmful to your teeth and gums. Plus, they can get a funky odor or even lead to discomfort.

While there are various types of retainers, each with their specific cleaning guidelines, the most popular these days are the clear, non-rigid types. Tips for keeping them clean:

Clean your retainer as soon as you remove it from your mouth, to keep saliva and gunk from hardening. If you wear it during the day, rinse it with lukewarm water after each meal.

Once a week, do a deep clean by mixing lukewarm water with mild dish soap (baking soda or vinegar are options, too, just don’t mix them). Use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub away buildup, then rinse. Do not use toothpaste as a cleaner, as it’s too abrasive. Same goes for mouthwash. Also, avoid hot/boiling water as it could melt your retainer.

Ask us first about using products like denture or retainer cleaners. Depending on the type of retainer you have, we may or may not recommend these. Do not use bleach, alcohol or any other chemicals.

And we wouldn’t be orthodontists if we didn’t remind you to keep wearing your retainers to maintain your beautiful smile.


This smile is brought to you by:

Wade L. Haslam, DMD, PC

2657 NW Rolling Green Drive Corvallis | 541.757.2440


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