How to Remove Permanent Retainer at Home
Many people wonder how to remove permanent retainer at home and what tools they need. This blog post will answer these questions and provide you with the necessary steps to remove your permanent retainer yourself safely!
We recommend that you always consult your orthodontist before removing your retainer, but if this is not possible, we’ve provided some information on how to do it safely. If you are unsure about anything in the instructions below, please seek professional help from an orthodontist or dental specialist.
10 Ways on How to Remove Permanent Retainer at Home:
1. Oil Pulling:
It has been used for centuries in Ayurveda because of its powerful cleansing, healing, and rejuvenating effects. The procedure of “oil pulling” is very simple. You can either do this before brushing your teeth or before taking a bath. Take 1-2 teaspoons of sesame oil (black for teeth whitening) in your mouth and swish it all around for 10-15 minutes.
Then spit it out in the trashcan, not the sink! Next, rinse your mouth with warm water and then brush as you usually would.
2. Salt Water Rinse:
Mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt into a cup of warm water. Swish this around your mouth for about 5 minutes. Then, spit it out into the trash can, not the sink! This is one of my favorite ways to whiten my teeth and remove stains naturally.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar has powerful antibacterial properties that help fight plaque and bacteria in the mouth. It also helps to remove stains from the teeth. Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water. Use this as a mouthwash for about 1 minute, then spit it out into the trash can, not the sink! This should be done daily until you see positive results.
4. Bentonite Clay:
Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay into a glass of water. Allow the ingredients to dissolve for about 3 minutes, then swish it around your mouth for 1 to 2 minutes. Finally, spit it out into the trash can, not the sink! The bentonite clay will remove toxins and plaque from your teeth while pulling stains away as well. This should be done daily until you see positive results.
5. Lemon Water:
Lemon water has antibacterial properties that help fight bacteria in the mouth. It also helps whiten your teeth by removing stains. Prepare a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon squeezed into it. Swish the mixture around your mouth for about a minute, then spit it out into the trash can, not the sink! This should be done daily until you see positive results.
6. Baking Soda:
To use baking soda to remove a permanent retainer at home, mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and enough water to make a paste. Apply the mixture directly onto your retainers and leave them on for about 3 minutes. Scrub this off with a toothbrush, then rinse your mouth out with warm water.
7. Activated Charcoal:
Activated charcoal has been used for centuries to whiten teeth and remove stains from them. You can purchase activated charcoal in capsule form at most health food stores and online. Take three capsules daily until you see positive results, then reduce them to two per day for maintenance.
8. Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera has antibacterial properties that can help fight plaque and bacteria in the mouth. It also helps to remove stains from the teeth. Cut off a leaf from an aloe vera plant. Peel back the skin on its surface to reveal the gel inside. Use this to brush your teeth or use it as a mouthwash. This should be done daily until you see positive results.
9. Epsom Salt:
Epsom salt has antibacterial properties that can help fight plaque and bacteria in the mouth. It also helps to remove stains from the teeth. Pour 1/4 cup of Epsom salt into a glass of warm water. Swish this around your mouth for about 5 minutes, then spit it out into the trash can, not the sink! This should be done daily until you see positive results.
10. Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil is a safe alternative to other traditional dental procedures. Its antimicrobial properties help fight bacteria that could be harmful to the gums and teeth in your mouth. And, like olive oil, it’s also great for moisturizing dry skin and removing food debris from the retainer after each use!
Some Tips and Suggestions:
1. Since the permanent retainer is a plastic device, it should be relatively easy to remove with boiling water. Boil some water in a pot, and once it’s at a rolling boil, you can drop in your retainers for about 5-10 minutes or until they become soft enough to remove without damage.
2. You can also try simply pouring boiling water on top of the retainer. The heat might soften it enough to be removed without damaging it too much.
3. If you’re trying to remove your retainers while you are still wearing them, try using a toothbrush or Q-tip with some vaseline or lip balm on the end of it to work the retainer out gently.
4. You can use a hairdryer if you turn it on low and point it at your retainers for a few minutes to soften them up as well, but be careful not to burn yourself with the hot plastic!
5. If all else fails, you can try using professional orthodontic tools or plain old pliers. The bottom line is that you must be very careful when removing your retainers because they are made of rugged, unyielding plastic, and you could easily snap them if you aren’t gentle.
6. If you end up having to cut your retainer to remove it, you can try using some super glue to put the pieces back together once they are clean.
When you remove your permanent retainer at home, make sure to use the right tools. Your dentist or orthodontist will provide them for you when they install it back in after its removal period is over.
You can also purchase mouthwash that has peroxide and salt in it from a store like CVS or Walgreens; these ingredients are helpful because they shrink adhesions between teeth and gums, which may be present following your wear appliance.
Place this on your teeth where the retainer is located. This will help numb it so that you can easily take off the retainer with pliers or forceps. Then try rinsing out your mouth with warm saltwater followed by cold water to make sure there isn’t any swelling leftover from removing the retainer yourself.
We hope this blog post on how to remove permanent retainer at home has been helpful. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!