There are different kinds of retainers and how you clean them will depend on the type you’re using. If you’ve got fixed retainers that are permanently attached to your teeth, the cleaning process is slightly different. Here’s what you need:
- Floss threader (optional)
Before you start cleaning your retainer, make sure you brush your teeth properly using a good toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Get your floss and floss threader (if you have one) and start by flossing between your teeth.
- Start with the bottom front teeth.
- A good technique is to hold the ends of the floss and go up and down between your teeth as you pull along the floss.
- The floss should go between the gum line.
- Repeat these steps for each tooth.