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Top 10 Best Retainer Cleaners to Buy Online 2019

Admit it–if you’ve ever worn a retainer or clear aligner there have definitely been times when you’ve noticed strange odors or unsettling build-up on it, no matter how well you’ve rinsed or brushed it. But it’s not your fault. Retainers are full of nooks and crannies that can be hard to clean, so it’s a good idea to look for a cleaner that’s specifically made to handle that task.

But there are a lot of different options when it comes to retainer cleaners, so it can be hard to pick through them to find what will work for you. In this guide, we’ll go over the factors you should consider when choosing a retainer cleaner that’s right for you. At the end, we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites to help you get started.
  • Last updated: 12-12-2019
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How to Choose a Retainer Cleaner – Buying Guide

When your retainer is dirty, that can make you really not want to wear it, which might affect your teeth alignment if it goes on for long enough. So it’s important to find a retainer cleaner that fits in with your lifestyle and that you’ll actually use.

What is It Compatible With?

What is It Compatible With?
Many people think that denture cleaners can also be used to clean retainers, and that’s true–sometimes. Denture cleaners that require scrubbing are usually too abrasive for retainers and could scratch them. Instead, look for cleaners that signify they’re made with retainers in mind to prevent any accidental damage.
As for differences between retainers, most retainer cleaners work well for both clear plastic tray retainers as well as the ones with the metal bar. As with the denture cleaners though, be sure to read the box to make sure that it’s compatible as some application types are more difficult to use on one type versus another.

Pick a Type Based on Convenience

There are a few different types of retainer cleaners, and which one will be best for you largely depends on what’s the most convenient for you.

For Hands Off Soaking, Look for Tablets, Powders, and Concentrates

For Hands Off Soaking, Look for Tablets, Powders, and Concentrates
Tablets and powders are probably the most common. These require you to mix them with water and soak your retainer for up to 15 minutes before rinsing them off. They’re easy to travel with and take up very little space.
Concentrated pastes are also available and work in much the same way. However, you do have to be sure to remove them after the specified time, especially if the solution is on the stronger side.

For a Faster but More Hands-On Cleaning, Look for Sprays, Pastes, and Wipes

For a Faster but More Hands-On Cleaning, Look for Sprays, Pastes, and Wipes
Sprays, pastes, and wipes are a less common and more involved than tablets and powders but tend to work faster. With sprays, you spray your retainer, let it set for a few minutes, and give it a quick brushing before rinsing it off.
Pastes work much like a less abrasive toothpaste–just add it to your toothbrush and brush down your retainer. For sprays and pastes, how well they travel depends largely on the size.
Wipes probably require the least amount of fuss. Simply use it to wipe down your retainer and rinse. Naturally, they’re very easy to travel with.

Avoid Persulfates, if Possible

Avoid Persulfates, if Possible
Persulfates are one of the main ingredients in many retainer and denture cleaners, but some people have issues with sensitivities and allergies. Should you be sensitive to it, it can lead to issues like sensitive gums, hives, and breathing problems.
While this can largely be avoided by rinsing your retainer thoroughly after cleaning it, you might also want to consider just getting a cleaner without persulfates for peace of mind.

Top 10 Best Retainer Cleaners to Buy Online

Now that you know what to look for, here are our 10 favorites to help you get started on your search.

10. Retainer Brite Cleaning Tablets (120 Tablets)

$18.04

CompatibilityAll
TypeTablets
Persulfate-FreeNo

9. Avistar Retainer & Denture Cleaning Tablets (150 Tablets)

$16.12

CompatibilityAll
TypeTablets
Persulfate-FreeNo

8. Smile Again Retainer Cleaner and Disinfectant (22 Packets)

$29.97

CompatibilityAll
TypePowder
Persulfate-FreeNo

7. OAP Cleaner (1.5 oz)

$16.42

CompatibilityClear aligners
TypeFoam
Persulfate-FreeYes

6. WhiteFoam Clear Retainer Cleaner (1.7 oz)

$28.49

CompatibilityClear aligners
TypeFoam
Persulfate-FreeYes

5. Fresh Guard Soak Crystals (24 Packets)

$5.92

CompatibilityAll
TypePowder
Persulfate-FreeYes

4. Regent Labs Kleenite Multipurpose Dental Cleanser (9 oz)

$10.07

CompatibilityAll
TypePowder
Persulfate-FreeYes

3. DentaSOAK Mouthpiece, Retainer, Denture, & Appliance Cleaner (13 Packets)

$18.99

CompatibilityAll
TypeLiquid and Powder
Persulfate-FreeYes

2. GuardClean Mouthguard, Aligner and Retainer Cleaning Spray (2 oz)

$10.44

CompatibilityAll
TypeSpray
Persulfate-FreeYes

1. Dental Appliance Cleansing Towelettes (100 Count)

$34.95

CompatibilityAll
TypeWipes
Persulfate-FreeYes

How to Properly Clean Your Retainer

How to Properly Clean Your Retainer
Aside from having a good disinfecting retainer cleaner, there are a few other steps you can take to ensure that your retainer isn’t causing bad breath or contributing to gum disease.
Clean your retainer as soon as it comes out of your mouth in order to prevent it from drying out and accumulating debris. If your retainer has metal, be sure not to soak it for too long. Doing so may cause the metal to break down. Don’t use hot water! Water that’s too hot can warp your retainer.
Try to keep your retainer wet at all times when it’s out of your mouth–allowing it to dry out can compromise the plastic. Finally, don’t forget to clean your case regularly. Even if your retainer is clean, if it’s in a dirty case you’re still exposing it to germs.

Summary

Hopefully picking out a cleaner for your retainer is a bit easier now. The most important thing is that you find something that you actually want to use. Wearing a retainer is a necessary evil you suffer for an indefinite period of time, but that doesn’t mean it has to be unpleasant!
By Jacqueline Oshiro

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