An effective retainer cleaner is the key to keeping any type of orthodontic retainer looking clean and smelling good. Cleaning retainers regularly also keeps them germ-free and helps them last longer. When it comes to the best way to clean retainers, the type of material your retainer is made from should not have a major impact in how it is cared for.
The key to proper retainer cleaning is to remove debris, as well as germs, on a regular basis and to do so in a way that does not harm the structure of the appliance. If left to build up, deposits can cause odor, discoloration and can even potentially lead to illness.
If you wear an orthodontic bite plate, the process of cleaning bite plates is the same as it is for cleaning retainers.