Do I have to brush my retainer?

You would never consider going days without brushing your teeth. However, many retainer wearers go for long periods without cleaning these devices.

The same bacteria that build up on teeth can grow on a retainer. As a result, putting an unclean retainer in your mouth is like applying a bacteria and plaque-laden solution to the teeth and gums.

How to clean your retainer?

When brushing teeth, people should brush their retainer as well. 

It is best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-whitening toothpaste. Afterwards, remove the retainer and rinse it thoroughly. People should brush their teeth again after removing the retainer to clean any areas covered by it.

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