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When I had my braces removed a few years, I was surprised to discover that the small plastic retainers that I was given are expected to last me for life. My orthodontist told me that to keep them clean every night I should use half a tablet dissolved in a glass of warm water and leave my retainers there until the water is clear, after removing the retainers from the water make sure your rinse them otherwise you end up with a horrible taste in your mouth. Even after wearing my retainers most nights for three years my retainers are still as clean as they were when I first got them. This product was recommended to me as it doesn't erode the retainers which some stronger cleaners do. The only problem I have with this product is that you have to leave the retainers in soak for approximately ten minutes and I often forget to plan for this when im getting ready for bed so I end up doing it last minute and then have to stand and wait for it. Overall I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with retainers, it can be bought from most orthodontists for around £5 for 36 tablets or is available online for around £6.
After my daughter had her braces removed she was given a retainer which she should wear at night and whenever she could during the day. Like dentures these retainers need to be kept clean. The orthodontist recommended this product to us. Retainer Brite is a product which helps to keep your retainer clean, bacteria free and plaque free. It works by gently removing bacteria and plaque using the fizzing action of the tablet. It comes in a box of 36, which is the size we bought last time but I have bought them in boxes of 72 or 96 as well. I usually get mine from our either our orthodontist or dentist and I pay around £6 for them. I've also bought them on Amazon for around a similar price too. The box of 36 lasts around a month but I also use mine to occasionally clean my sons rugby mouth-guard so mine only last around 3 weeks. I have bought several boxes since. ==How to use== Drop one tablet into a container holding warm water then add the retainer or mouth-guard, the water should be fizzing by now and will have turned blue, make sure the water covers the retainer/mouth-guard. I usually place mine into an old small jar with a lid and fill it to the top otherwise the retainer will float up and some of it may not get a good clean. After 15-20 minutes remove retainer and rinse under water. Place in a clean retainer box until you need to use it. We usually do ours first thing while we are eating breakfast then it would be ready for the evenings use. ==My opinion== My daughter likes this product as there is no taste or smell when she puts the retainer back in her mouth. The retainer is always clean and fresh. After 6 months of use it does not appear to have affected the fabric of the material and it seems as rigid as it did from new. Retainer Brite is recommended by dentists and orthodontists. I, and my daughter, would definitely recommend it. I have also used them to clean the inside of my stainless steel thermos flask, it removes all the tea stains really well. I can also tell you that it cleans the loo really well, another mum told me about using them in the toilet bowl overnight. Just pop one in and leave to do it's stuff, it does work and you have a really clean and germ free bowl in the morning with no horrible bleach/cleaner smells.
I've recently started having to wear a mouth guard during the night, and I decided I would buy a storage box for it as the dentist had only given me a Ziplok bag to keep it in. When I was browsing an online store for one of the boxes I spotted a product called Retainer Brite, after reading the description I thought I would buy a box and try it out. Retainer Brite is a cleaner for braces and mouth guards; it comes in a tablet form which you have to dissolve in order to use it. The product claims to stop the build up of harmful bacteria which can lead to discolouration of the appliance and potentially cause bad breath. Each box contains 36 tablets which is one months supply (if you use the cleaner on a daily basis) The tablets come in strips which remind me of dissolvable aspirin packets, with four in each strip. To use you simply tear open one of the tabs and place the tablet in a glass (or cup) of warm, but not hot water. When the tablet starts fizzing you place the appliance in to the water which will turn a blue colour. For wire braces you are advised not to leave them in the water for more than five minutes but for a mouth guard you can leave them in until the water turns clear (ten to twenty minutes). Then you rinse the appliance thoroughly under running water. Using Retainer Brite I find that it is quick to dissolve, however I have found that the water never turns completely clear again so I just remove my mouth guard after it has been in for twenty minutes or so. After use I find that my mouth guard has a nice minty fragrance to it and does look nice and clean, it hasn't suffered from any discolouration yet and I have had it for a few months now. I also find that the glass is easy to clean after I have used this aswell, as I thought it might be a bit difficult where it had frothed up. I have to admit that I don't use this on a daily basis, as most days I give the mouth guard a clean with a baby toothbrush and toothpaste, which works well but I do like to use Retainer Brite as something "extra". This means I only use it a couple of times a week rather than daily as recommended but I find this works well for me. If I was using it for a brace, which would be in place while I was eating food I probably would use it every day. A box of 36 tablets will cost you around £5 per box, I bought mine from www.orthostore.co.uk for £4.75, and you can save a few pence per box by buying 3 or 6 months' supply at a time. I'm sure I have also seen this for sale at my Dentist Surgery as well, so I might enquire there when I need a new box so I can save on postage costs. I don't think this is a must have product if you wear a brace or a mouth guard, but it is something I will buy again for keeping my mouth guard clean and fresh.