Invisalign retainers usually come in two variants which are the fixed and removable kind. The fixed
retainers are stuck to the backs of your teeth using dental cement and can be worn for a couple of years
at a single time whereas the removable types of braces can only be worn for a year.
Here are the two different types of Invisalign retainers:
Clear Retainers – These retainers are molded from clear plastic which fits over your teeth. These retainers are more discreet and less noticeable which makes them a popular choice for adults.
Acrylic Retainers – These are the most common types of retainers out there.
Here are 5 tips on taking care of invisalign retainers:
1. Clean Your Invisalign Retainers
Your retainers are going to end up accumulating a lot of food debris, bacteria and plaque which makes it
all the more important for you to keep it clean.
If you have acrylic retainers then make sure that you rinse them out a couple of times every day with
lukewarm water to remove any build-up of bacteria. Ensure that you disinfect your retainer on a weekly
basis by leaving it to soak in a body of distilled water with a little drop of castile soap or baking soda.
You can also make a paste with equal quantities of baking soda and water to scrub your appliance clean.
After which you can gently clean your aligner with it and your toothbrush and then rinse it out with
lukewarm water. Do not put your aligners into boiling water or use harsh chemicals.
2. Protect Your Retainers from Heat
Your Invisalign retainers are composed of plastic so it is hardly surprising that they are likely to become distorted under extreme heat. Always clean your aligners with lukewarm water to prevent your
retainers from losing their fit and becoming distorted. If you happen to leave your retainers exposed to
heat unintentionally then it is best to contact your dentist to ensure that they fit properly.
3. Avoid Soaking Your Retainers in Mouthwash
Soaking your retainer may sound like a good idea to get rid of any odor but it should be avoided at all
costs as mouthwash has a pigment that your retainer will end up absorbing which will make your teeth
appear to be a different color.
4. Watch What You Drink
Be careful about what beverages you consume with your retainers on and how it affects your dental
health. Continue maintaining good oral health by carrying your aligner case with you so you can store
your retainer in it when you drink any beverages.
5. Clean Your Invisalign Retainers Before Placing Them in their Case
Clean your old retainers and store them in their case when you are moving on to another set of
retainers in case you require them later. Storing your retainer properly and in a clean manner ensures
that they stay clean and ready for use.
Invisalign retainers are a great way to improve your smile in a very discreet and almost invisible manner.
Follow your orthodontist’s instructions and stay committed to keeping your retainers clean and
maintaining good dental health.