How To Clean Retainers,
Can you wash retainers with just water?
Water will not clean a retainer on its own, but drinking plenty of water during the day can prevent bacteria overgrowth. Keeping a retainer moist will help prevent damage. Water also combats a dry mouth, which is linked to tooth decay.
How often should retainers be cleaned?
Clean retainers thoroughly at least once a day preferably right before inserting them in your mouth. Use cold - not hot water. Rinsing your retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. At least once every two weeks, soak your retainers in a denture cleaner, like Efferdent®, to thoroughly clean them.