Finding The Right Retainer Cleaner For Your Needs
Cleaning your Retainer is a very important part of maintaining it. It is not like any other piece of equipment that you would leave to the cleaner to do the job. Your doctor needs you and the next time you have a dental appointment, he will make sure that you get a proper cleaning. A Retainer is used to hold the tooth structure in place so when one is knocked out from overuse or abuse, it falls out, with potentially disastrous consequences to the patient. The Cleaner will help to keep your smile looking white and shiny.
A good Retainer Cleaner will require two basic components; a soft toothbrush and a soft retainer pad. The pad should be damp enough to clean the teeth properly, but not soaking wet. The toothbrush can be sterilized in the microwave or oven and be used by inserting the bristles into the mouthwash and running for a few seconds until the mouthwash foam reaches the back of the tongue. The soft toothbrush should then gently brush the teeth at the same time the mouthwash is run through. For extra precaution, you might want to brush the mouthwash into the retainer pad as well so that you can add more pressure to cleaning the teeth.
There are several products that claim to clean retainers. One of the more popular brands is to use isonic and iontophoresis methods of cleaning retainers. Ionic and Iontophoresis are both forms of chemical solutions that can be placed in the mouth on a small scale. To do this, you would need a quart of non-iodized salt and an electric toothbrush, which you could probably recycle. Using a gentle abrasive like baking soda or sea salt works as well.
To begin, you would take a tablespoon or so of the chemical solution and soak your retainer in it for around five minutes. You want to make sure that your retainer is completely immersed. You can use your toothbrush as you do the rest of the brushing teeth. After the five minutes are up, you can rinse the toothbrush out with warm water. Then you can put it away and onto the kitchen sink for now.
Now for the second step. In order for the isopropyl to give you the best results, you would need to let it sit in the mouth for a few hours. Then you would take a quarter or teaspoon full of distilled water and soak the retainer for another half an hour. For the last step, you would take the solution and rinse the mouth again. If the retainer stays in the mouth for more than an hour, you might want to try something like club soda or a thin layer of lemon juice. If nothing else comes out, you can try a combination of those solutions.
You may want to also look into the uses of a mouthwash along with a topical retainer. There are many brands of commercial mouthwash on the market, so you will want to find one that is not very strong. You may also consider using a commercial product along with your castile soap. The taste of some mouthwashes may not be to your liking, so you may want to consider using a natural brand that you enjoy. Once you have found a mouthwash you like, you can add a small amount of it to your shampoo. This way the taste of both your mouthwash and your shampoos will be almost identical.
If you prefer not to brush after eating or drinking any liquid, then you should consider using a mouthwash with a small amount of salt. Salt retainer kits can easily be found at any health food store. Brushing with salt will help retain your teeth as well as cut down on staining. Another way to salt retain your teeth is to rinse them with warm clean water and then brush with regular toothpaste.
Finally, if you wish to apply some type of moisturizer to your face, then you should definitely consider purchasing some retainer cleansing products. Liquid based cleansers are the best type to use along with a moisturizing cream. Many of these products include ingredients such as glycerin, which is similar to the skin's own sebum. This type of product will provide your face with natural moisture, without making your mouth feel too oily.