Retainers are placed in the mouth, typically after braces are removed. The retainer holds the position of the teeth and typically your retainer will be worn anywhere from a few months to several years after your braces are removed. Since the retainer sits in your mouth for long periods of time, you want to make sure you are properly cleaning the retainer in a way that removes all germs, odor and bacteria. Peroxide works well for this cleaning job.
Things You'll Need
- Small bowl
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Rinse your retainer with warm water and scrub gently with a toothbrush to remove stuck-on residue.
Place the retainer into a small dish and pour a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution into the dish until the retainer is submerged.
Soak the retainer for 30 minutes.
Remove the retainers, discard the peroxide and rinse your retainer with warm water.
Repeat daily, or as needed to keep the retainers smelling fresh and free of bacteria.