Are you wondering how to clean your retainer? The retainer sits inside the mouth and against the teeth. With time, bacteria, plaque, and tartar will accumulate on it. Like your teeth, ensure you clean the retainers daily.
You can remove Invisalign retainers when eating, but plaque or food particles that get stuck inside or the teeth can cause tooth decay. It can also cause the retainer to smell. Therefore, it should be as clean as possible. About 5 million people need retainers full time for a while after the removal of their braces.
Austin Invisalign dentistry experts can recommend several types. Hawley retainers are made of acrylic to fit in a patient’s mouth and have a wire that holds them in place. Cleaning this type of retainer is easy as they are removable.
Clear plastic retainers slip over the teeth and are invisible. They are also removable, but not as durable as Hawley retainers. The other category is known as permanent retainers. It includes fixed and bonded retainers. Dentists recommend them if a patient has a high risk of having their teeth shifting.