An effective retainer cleaner is the key to keeping any type of orthodontic retainer looking clean and smelling good. Cleaning retainers regularly also keeps them germ-free and helps them last longer. When it comes to the best way to clean retainers, the type of material your retainer is made from should not have a major impact in how it is cared for.
The key to proper retainer cleaning is to remove debris, as well as germs, on a regular basis and to do so in a way that does not harm the structure of the appliance. If left to build up, deposits can cause odor, discoloration and can even potentially lead to illness.
If you wear an orthodontic bite plate, the process of cleaning bite plates is the same as it is for cleaning retainers.
HOW TO CLEAN RETAINERS WITH OAP CLEANER:
Cleaning retainers with OAP Cleaner is fast, easy and effective!
Simply place your retainer over a sink, bowl or towel and then:
- PUMP – Press the pump top of the OAP cleaner bottle to deliver the cleaning serum where your retainer need to be cleaned (one pump is all you need!)
- SCRUB – Use a soft bristle brush or cloth to gently agitate the retainer cleanser and to provide full coverage over the entire apparatus
- RINSE – Rinse the cleaner off with water and your retainer is clean!
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PROPERLY CLEAN RETAINERS?
Orthodontic retainers, whether worn throughout the day or only for limited periods of time (such as at night) are designed to sit over your teeth to keep them properly aligned. If you have a clear retainer, your teeth are temporarily encapsulated by the clear plastic, and anything that gets trapped inside the retainer remains in constant contact with your teeth. If you wear a wire and acrylic retainer, the acrylic portion of the retainer covers the roof of your mouth, again trapping any germs or debris. Without proper retainer cleaning, your teeth, gums and other surfaces in your mouth can be exposed to odor-causing and health-impacting bacteria, viruses and germs. Keeping retainers clean will also help them last a long time.
Retainer containers can be breeding grounds for germs, so it is also important to clean retainer containers and cases regularly so that retainers are not exposed to harmful germs and bacteria when placed back in their storage containers.
BENEFITS OF OAP CLEANER FOR CLEANING RETAINERS:
OAP is an instant retainer cleaner that takes just 60 seconds to use. The carefully formulated, proprietary cleaning solution is effective at cleaning and sanitizing retainers, killing 99.99% of all viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs on contact. It also removes stains, plaque, deposits and offensive odors.
OAP is BPA, persulfate and chlorine-free, meaning that in addition to removing potentially unhealthy and odor-causing agents, it is safe to use on retainers, as well as retainer containers. It is a gentle and mild cleaning agent that won’t cause discoloration or abrasion of the surface.
HOW DOES OAP CLEANER COMPARE TO USING VINEGAR OR BAKING SODA TO CLEAN RETAINERS?
White vinegar is recommended by some dentists and orthodontists as a way to remove mineral deposits on retainers. To be effective, retainers need to be soaked in vinegar for about 10 – 15 minutes and then thoroughly rinsed (otherwise you won’t be happy with the taste of your retainer!). Baking soda is also an odor-reducer but may be too abrasive for use on some clear plastic retainers. OAP Cleaner offers the same deposit-removing benefits of vinegar and odor-reducing benefits of baking soda in just 60 seconds, and does so with a minty-fresh smell and no risk of abrasion.
HOW DOES OAP CLEANER COMPARE TO USING RETAINER CLEANING TABLETS OR SOAKING SOLUTIONS?
Some people opt to use fizzing tablet cleaners or soaking solutions to clean retainers. This method of retainer cleaning involves dropping the retainer into a cleaning solution and letting it sit for a long period of time, generally overnight. These cleaners are typically recommended in addition to routine retainer cleaning. Since some clear plastic retainers can absorb the chemicals of whatever they are soaked in, it is recommended that you choose your solution carefully. Some cleaners (including denture cleaners and mouthwashes) contain sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohol or other chemicals. In contrast, OAP Cleaner is a safe and effective daily retainer cleaning solution that can achieve the results of daily brushing as well as periodic soaking with fizzing tablets or solutions without the use of any harmful ingredients.
HOW DOES OAP CLEANER COMPARE TO USING ULTRASONIC CLEANING MACHINES FOR CLEANING RETAINERS?
Ultrasonic cleaners can periodically be used to remove built-up deposits on retainers. However, they do not replace regular daily retainer cleaning and may not be effective at removing all deposits or germs. OAP Cleaner can be used on a daily basis to more quickly and more effectively remove deposits on retainers, while also killing harmful germs, viruses and bacteria instantly.
IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLEANING RETAINERS AND CLEANING BITE PLATES?
Orthodontic bite plates, although they serve a different purpose than retainers, are made from the same materials and are worn in the mouth in a similar fashion as wire retainers. Therefore, the same cleaning methods are effective for cleaning bite plates as they are for cleaning retainers.
“After researching and trying a few other products that claimed to help solce these issues, i found OAP – a product that satisfies the dental professionals’s needs and the patient’s need. My patients rave about how OAP clainer is convvenient, how clean it leaves their appliances, and how little time it takes to use. “
Dr Steven Davidowitz,
DDS, FICOI Luxury Dentistry
NYC 328, East 75th St
New York, NY, 10021