Removable retainers


What is a removable retainer?

You have recently been given your retainers. Most retainers are made totally of clear plastic (Essix retainers), often called “clear retainers.” Some retainers have pink or colored acrylic and a wire component (called Hawleys), and Dr. Hodges has chosen the type of retainer for you.


How do I clean my retainer?

Do not clean your retainer in hot or boiling water. This will distort the retainer permanently. Rinse your retainer with warm water daily. You may use a toothbrush and toothpaste, but this may scratch the clear retainers slightly (this will not harm the retainer, it will just not be as clear). If this does not clean sufficiently, the retainer may be soaked in white vinegar or denture cleaner for 5 minutes, then rinsed clean.