Use Toothpaste To Clean The Retainer?
Hello doc, I want to ask doc. I cleaned my retainer using red hot close-up toothpaste. And from what I know, to clean this retainer, we must use non-whitening toothpaste. What I want to ask is whether my toothpaste contains whitening, and why can’t the retainer be cleaned using toothpaste that contains whitening?
Hello Elvin Wiranata,
Retainer is a tool that is attached to the teeth to keep the shape of the teeth does not shift after mounting stirrup / braces. There are 2 forms of retainer that are found, namely from acrylic wire material which is attached to the roof of the mouth (Hayley retainer) and the wire is in front of the teeth and another formed from clear plastic that is attached to the teeth (clear retainer). Hayley retainer is stronger not easily broken compared to clear retainer made of plastic material. The correct retainer is a retainer made according to your dental mold, so it is custom made for each patient depending on the condition of the last tooth.
Retainer is a removable tool. Patients are required to use the retainer for a certain period of time, several hours a day or even 24 hours (only released when eating). Although actually it can still use the retainer when eating, but it should be removed so that the retainer is not dirty. How to care for dental retainer is as follows:
Clean the retainer every day using a soft toothbrush. Use toothpaste (non-whitening) or mild mild soap and then gently brush.
In addition to using toothpaste, there is a special fluid to soak / clean the retainer / non-alcohol mouthwash, but it is usually less able to clean the retainer as well as using a toothbrush.
Wash the retainer using running water. After that, dry the retainer with a tissue and store it in the retainer box. Avoid soaking in hot water because it will damage the retainer and cause breakage easily.
Do not expose the retainer to the sun
Retainer must be used as often as possible because it was created to be in a wet environment (mouth). If stored too long in the box (not used), especially the clear retainer will generally "dry" and become brittle easily broken
Avoid contact retainers with drinks / foods that are too acidic (vinegar, citrus), soft drinks / drinks with high sugar, toothpaste / toothpaste containing persulfate or alcohol. Whitening toothpaste generally contains these ingredients which can irritate the retainer and cause the retainer material to dry, so it will be easily damaged later on.
Consult your dentist further if there is a change in your retainer or when you need to make a new retainer. Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.