Is it OK to wear your retainer in the shower? (2023)

What should you not do with a retainer?

Never pull on the center of the wire. You should always be sure that your retainers are seated completely. Do not allow them to “flop” around. Don't leave your retainers in a hot car or put in hot water (such as a boiling them or putting them into the dishwasher.)

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Is it OK to have water in your retainer?

Should I keep my retainer in water? It's best to store your retainer in its carrying case to keep it safe, but soaking your retainer in water can help keep it clean. We recommend soaking your retainer once a week to keep it free of bacteria.

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Does hot water damage retainers?

Never soak your retainer in HOT/boiling water or run it through the dishwasher ; it can melt it and distort it. Never soak your retainer in mouthwash, rubbing alcohol, or bleach; the chemicals will distort it.

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Should I wear my retainers wet or dry?

Always keep it moist.

Never let your retainer dry out since that is what will cause tartar and biofilm to bond to it. Keep it in your mouth or submerged in liquids.

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What age should you stop wearing retainers?

Retainers keep your smile in place when active treatment is complete and adults need to wear their retainers for life, but adolescents may be able to stop wearing them after about 10 years.

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How many days is it OK to not wear retainer?

Once your teeth have settled into place more permanently, you may find that you can go a few days without wearing your retainers and they will still fit. It is a good idea to wear them at least 3 times a week while you sleep to keep them fitting properly.

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Why are my teeth moving even with retainer?

If you use a cheap retainer, it may have micro-cracks that you are not aware of. These cracks prevent the retainer from doing its proper job which may result in your teeth shifting even if you wear a retainer. Hand-crafting a retainer is an important job.

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Can you put toothpaste in your retainer?

Tips for cleaning your removable retainers:

Just use water, do not use toothpaste. The abrasives in toothpaste, although good for your teeth, can scratch your retainer. Scratches on your retainer cause problems other than just looking worn.

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Can you bite down with retainers?

For foods like ice and hard candies, the consensus is to not bite down on them. It's OK to leave them in your mouth to dissolve, but do not attempt to chew them. Any type of food that could become lodged in between your teeth and the retainer or break your retainer should be avoided.

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What should you avoid with a permanent retainer?

If you have a permanent retainer that you're unable to remove when you eat, some specific foods to avoid with retainers include:
  • Chewing gum.
  • Sticky candies like caramel, taffy and toffee.
  • Nuts.
  • Hard candy.
  • Ice.
  • Popcorn.
  • Tough, chewy foods like beef jerky.
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Can you drink stuff with a retainer in?

NEVER eat anything while wearing your retainers. It's OK to drink water while wearing the retainers, but remove them if you drink other beverages. If you forget to wear your retainer, wear the retainer full-time for few days to re-align your teeth. Your teeth may be sore while they re-align.

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Is it OK to bite down on your retainer?

For foods like ice and hard candies, the consensus is to not bite down on them. It's OK to leave them in your mouth to dissolve, but do not attempt to chew them. Any type of food that could become lodged in between your teeth and the retainer or break your retainer should be avoided.

Is it OK to wear your retainer in the shower? (2023)
Is it OK to wear my retainer all day?

How many hours should you wear your retainer? The first three months after you've completed your orthodontic treatment you need to wear your retainers full-time, which means approximately 22 hours a day. That does mean you will need to sleep with them. However, you can remove them when you eat or brush your teeth.

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