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Because your retainer is in your mouth so often, bacteria and calcium deposits (plaque) tend to gather and live on the hardware. If you don’t remove these substances from the retainer regularly, it can pose a threat to the health of your smile and it can even promote bad breath. So, please remove the plaque from your retainer as often as possible. To help you do so, our orthodontist, Dr. , has some tips for you.

All you need to do is remove the retainer from your mouth and then place it in a cup of white vinegar. Leave the appliance in the liquid for 2-5 minutes and then take it out. Next, scrub your retainer with a toothbrush (probably not the toothbrush you use to clean your teeth). The vinegar should loosen the plaque and make it easier to remove with the toothbrush. When you’re done scrubbing the appliance, place toothpaste (non-abrasive toothpaste if the retainer is like an Invisalign® aligner) on the toothbrush and then scrub the appliance one more time. This can help remove the vinegar taste from the retainer.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to clean your retainer in Gallup, New Mexico, please reach out to our orthodontic team at Ortho*Dental, Inc. by dialing (505) 863-8100. We are happy to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!