How to clean your retainers

The Ultimate Guide for Cleaning A Retainer

Are you sick of your retainer getting smelly after every single use? You most likely find yourself scrubbing it with a toothbrush under the tap, eating away at your precious time. Your retainer sits inside your mouth all day or night, accumulating odorous bacteria and plaque, therefore a thorough cleaning solution is needed. 

You should clean your retainer by placing it in  an effervescent cleaning solution once per day. Soaking your retainer with Dentasheen once daily will reduce the building of bacteria and plaque. Simply soak your appliance for 15 minutes for the best results.

  • Aligners: Clear braces, such as Invisalign or Hi Smile that are worn for throughout the day to straighten your teeth.

  • Retainers: Similar to Aligners, Retainers are throughout the day or night to ensure that teeth don't shift over time once you have received orthodontic treatment. 

  • Nightguard: Helps to stop teeth grinding during your sleep.

  • Gum shield: Protects gums and teeth from impact during sports.

  • Whitening trays: Custom-made trays to whiten your teeth at home.

Signs of an unclean retainer:

  • Odorous smell and taste.
  • Discolouration/yellowing.
  • Cloudiness.
  • White spots.

      What happens if you don’t clean your retainer?

      Your appliance gathers bacteria, plaque and biofilm from your mouth, although non-harmful, they become very odorous and can leave your retainer looking discoloured. Overtime the build-up of bacteria can start to harbour other dangerous bacteria from food particle, causing inflammation of the gums, gum disease and even tooth decay. 

      The build-up and hardening of plaque creates a larger surface for bacteria to thrive, making the situation worse. Just as bacteria can damage the teeth, they can also damage the retainer, you may find that it starts cracking or forms permanent discolouration. 

      Looking after your mouth is vital for you to stay in good health, cleaning your retainer is just as important as brushing your teeth. You need to cleanse your retainer in warm water with an effervescent cleaner once per day to keep it in good condition.

      How often to clean your retainer

      To reduce the build-up of bacteria, plaque and biofilm you should be cleaning your dental retainer at least once per day, before inserting it into your mouth. 

      The process for cleaning is quick and simple, and you may find it convenient to clean your retainer at meal times or of a night, when not in use. Rather than vigorously scrubbing your retainer at the sink, you can use the simply cleanse it in an effervescent tablet solution by using DENTASHEEN® Cleaning Tablets.

      How to clean your retainer

      Use DENTASHEEN® Cleaning Tablets for an powerful cleansing solution for all dental appliances. The tablets are highly effective at removing plaque and killing bacteria sat on your retainer. Cleaning your retainer or denture has never been easier, simply:

      1. Pop one DENTASHEEN® tablet into a glass of cold or warm water.
      2. Place your retainer into the special bubbling solution.
      3. Soak your appliance for 15 minutes.
      4. Rinse with water before inserting the retainer into your mouth.
      Enjoy the minty fresh smell and squeaky clean retainer, denture or gum shield.


      DENTASHEEN® kills odorous bacteria, removes plaque, protects your dental appliance and prevents stains. 

      Where to get DENTASHEEN® and why use it?

      DENTASHEEN® can be purchased directly from the brands website using this link or purchased through Amazon. The powerful cleaning solution will soon be coming to your local supermarket and retail stores!

      DENTASHEEN® is the most powerful cleaning solution for your dental appliances, it acts fast to clean your retainers as little as 15 minutes! The box contains a huge 4 months supply, that's 120 tablets!