Retainers

How to Clean Retainers Without Harsh Chemicals

How to clean retainers without harsh chemicals that could damage them, while still getting rid of the stink.

by Dr. Burhenne

How to Clean Retainers Without Harsh Chemicals
Q:

Is soaking my retainers in baking soda a good way to clean them? I'm looking for a safe and natural method to clean my retainers -- what's your recommendation?

A: Yes, baking soda is great, and it’s what I use myself to clean my retainers. Many years ago, I used to use those little tablets to “disinfect” my retainers until I realized how unnecessary this as and the potential risks of chemical exposure. Below, I’ll show you how I clean my retainers without harsh chemicals. This method is completely safe and natural.

Download the “How to Clean Retainers Guide”

Why What You Use to Clean Your Retainers Matters

Most retainers are made of a porous material that can absorb whatever you use to soak or clean your retainers.

This means that your retainers could absorb whatever you use to clean them.

I used to use those effervescent tablets you add to a glass of water to soak my Invisalign and retainers until I realized that this method can actually be toxic thanks to an ingredient called persulfate.

Persulfate is a known allergen used in most cleaning tablets you find at the supermarket — like Polident and Efferdent — and has been shown to cause allergic reactions and other symptoms in people using these solutions to clean their dentures.

The FDA issued a warning about the use of these cleaning solutions containing persulfate in 2008, recommending that people who do use these cleaning tablets soak their devices thoroughly before inserting them into the mouth and to consider persulfate-free alternatives.

Mouthwash isn’t any better. Most mouthwashes contain alcohol and sodium lauryl sulfate, which dry out retainers and your mouth at the same time. Dryness damages your retainer and dryness in your mouth causes bad breath.

Persulfate is by no means necessary to get your retainer clean, so I don’t bother taking the risk, nor should you.

Why Baking Soda Is All You Need

Baking soda is not only safest; it also does a far better job than the retainer cleansers at the supermarket.

Baking soda keeps bad bacteria at bay

Baking soda increases the pH of the mouth in a natural way, which can keep at bay the bacteria that cause problems in the mouth. Typically, the “bad guys” that cause trouble in the mouth like a more acidic environment, and baking soda combats this problem by making the environment more basic.

Baking soda combats the stink

A lot of retainers and other dental devices start to get rotten fruit smell after a while, and baking soda is a natural, safe, and effective deodorizer.

Doesn’t a Toothbrush Scratch My Retainer?

This is a myth.

You can’t scratch or damage your retainer with a toothbrush, in fact, brushing it with a toothbrush is the only way to remove the tartar that will naturally build up on your retainer.

What damages retainers:

  • The retainer drying out
  • Bleach, alcohol, and other harsh chemicals
  • Boiling water or other heat, which can deform it

How to Clean Your Retainer the Safe and Natural Way

Click the button below to get a free one-page PDF for cleaning retainers naturally:

Always keep them moist. Never let the retainers dry out, as this is when the tartar and biofilm start bonding to the retainers. Your retainer should either be in your mouth or a container of distilled water.

Soak them in distilled water. If they’re not in your mouth, your retainers should be soaking in distilled water with some baking soda or a squirt or two of castile soap. If you’re out of both, just plain distilled water works too.

Brush them. Soaking doesn’t replace brushing, so you’ll need to brush your retainers every few days or as needed to prevent tartar buildup.

Bring them to your dentist. If your retainers need to be disinfected or feel like they’ve got a lot of buildup on them, your dentist has a tool in the office that can disinfect them and remove the buildup safely and without chemicals.

Use the least porous material available. You probably already have a retainer, but it’s still worth saying that, if you have a choice in the material your retainer is made of, it’s best to have the least porous material possible in your mouth. Make sure the material is FDA approved.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Brush your retainers gently with an all-natural toothpaste free of SLS, glycerin, triclosan, and polyethylene microbeads.

2. Rinse your retainers with water and pop them in your mouth to wear at night.

3. Wake up in the morning, take your retainers out, and put them in a bowl of distilled water to soak during the day while they’re out of your mouth. Add baking soda or peppermint castile soap. I will share a DIY retainer cleaner recipe below that I personally use.

Repeat Steps 1-3! It’s that simple and easy.

DIY Retainer Cleaner

Print Recipe
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: Cleans one or a pair of retainers

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a jar or bowl mix together the vinegar and water.diy retainer cleaner
  2. Add baking soda.
  3. Add optional anise essential oil.diy retainer cleaner
  4. Soak for 10 minutes and then brush with your toothbrush to remove any tartar that has accumulated. Rinse with cool water. To extend the life of your retainer, let it soak in distilled water if you aren’t planning on using it right away.diy retainer cleaner

Notes

Add the baking soda after you’ve mixed the water and vinegar together.  Adding baking soda to straight vinegar will create a mini volcano (you may remember that from science class!).

Never use boiling or really hot water to clean your retainer as the high temperature can melt the plastic and deform it, resulting in an improper fit.

How Can I Make My Retainers Smell Better?

After I stopped using Efferdent, I missed that “clean” smell. A great way to still get this without chemicals is castile soap.

You can add a squirt or two of peppermint castile soap to the water you soak the retainer in.

The main ingredients of castile soap are olive oil and coconut oil and castile soap does a wonderful job cleaning retainers while not exposing them to any harmful substances.

Always Avoid

  • Dishwashers
  • Boiling water
  • Mouthwash
  • Retainer cleansers and tablets

Mark Burhenne DDS

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  1. I had a retainer but then I got diagnosised with TMJ so I wear that instead, but when I got my bite guard, they told me to buy cheap mouthwash and let it soak in there, it cleans it.
    Also once a week I’ll wash it with a toothbrush and tooth paste. Its crystal clear now

    • @ gabriela,
      Soak them in clean water for 7 days, then try them in. That should make them expand a bit. If they fit without forcing them over your teeth, then wear them. Show your dentist the retainers next time you go in for your scheduled cleaning and check up. Nice job finding them!

      Mark Burhenne DDS

    • Brush your retainer the way you brush your teeth.i saw cleaning ta lets are harmful so theres no point of using it. Washing the retainer before and afterusing makes it smell nicer.

  2. My son just received his retainer today. Although it is not a post braces retainer, it is to correct over bite and correct his habit of pushing the back of his top teeth with his tongue before he gets braces. Although my son is 10 and is good at caring for things his father is not. He has to spend 42 days with him in the summer. I have already ordered a dentasoak starter kit but in the mean time what toothpaste is safe to use on his retainer? He currently uses Pronamel Bengal whitening toothpaste and a mentadent toothbrush on his teeth. Does he need to use a separate toothbrush for his retainer?

  3. My daughter had a fixed palatal crib placed today. Although she is doing well with it her’s unlike the ones I saw online has metal prongs hanging from it making it easy for food build up. Can anyone suggest a good toothbrush for this appliance? She also uses Pronamel gental whitening toothpaste, even though the appliance is all metal it is cemented in will this toothpaste cause us any undue problems?

  4. i got my retainer a few days ago and it’s basically an invisaline but my orthodontist told me not to use a toothbrush and toothpaste because it can scratch it and make it more prone to cracking

  5. Loving your website! I hope that you continue to write amazing posts like this in the future so people like me can adore it! I absolutely will be coming back to read more.

  6. I just got my braces off 5 days ago, and now I wear a retainer. My orthodontists never mentioned anything about cleaning them. I thought a toothbrush and toothpaste would scratch them, so I’m not sure what to use. Could you help?

    Thanks

    • My orthidontist said to brush it with water as soon as I take it off. But I have been doing some research and Viniger is supposed to get off any stains. If you want to find out about how to use Viniger just google it and they will give you all the information you need.

  7. I just got my braces off yesterday and they gave me a retainer, but they didn’t tell me how to clean it or if I should soak it in water when I’m not wearing it. What’s the right way to clean it so it won’t smell and won’t be dirty? And what do I do with it when I’m not wearing it so it won’t dry up?

  8. My retainer seems to easily catch bad smelling stuff. I use toothbrush and toothpaste to clean it, but I don’t want to have to clean it after every time I eat something. Is there any efficient way to clean it and do I need a separate toothbrush for my retainer?

  9. So, I had my retainer stole years ago, when I got it back it wouldn’t fit and the orthodontist said I needed braces again that a retainer wouldn’t fix it, my teeth are terrible, about what they were before the three years of braces I had before the retainers that were stolen. So I was looking into invisalign, but I work for room and board and it doens’t look as though I’ll be able to find other work anytime soon, is there a at home product of some kind that I can use that I don’t need a dentist or orthodontist for? You know something to just get started on getting them moved some, without killing my tounge and muscles pushing on them? I know I need a dentist to have them all straight, but I just want them non crowded enough to clean them well for the time, till I have the money and means for braces again or invisalign…any suggestions?

  10. VINEGAR !!!!! Seriously this works so amazing ! Soak them in there for the whole day then rinse them off with warm water && then brush them with toothpaste ! I. Do this everytime ! 🙂

  11. I followed the advice about the 2 drops of organic castile soap. Before bed I soaked my Invisalign retainers in a cup for about an hour, in cold water. After I removed them from the solution I brushed them with toothpaste and went to wear them and THEY HAD WARPED! I have had them for 3 years with no problems, and my teeth were absolutely perfect – Veneer perfect. After they warped, I could tell by the way that they fit over my teeth, I tried to wipe them dry and I set them on the counter to dry off. I figured that when they dried off, they would be back to normal – NOPE!

    Hoping that my retainers would somehow magically go back to the perfect shape that they were, they didn’t… My teeth have shifted and now I actually have to pay about $300.00 to get new top and bottom retainers to fix my shifted teeth.

    I’m not sure if vinegar will warp the new ones if I soak them. I’m so nervous to soak them in anything other than water and mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide.

    Thank you for the advice, other than the organic castile soap junk. That stuff was expensive too!

    • Same thing just happened to me. I have had this retainer for 7 years as of yesterday it was super tight on my teeth. I’ve used efferdent or just brushed it off with toothpaste all this time. I discovered efferdent had harmful ingredients and decided to try a ‘safer’ option. One day in castille soap/water solution and it is so loose it wont even stay over my teeth. This is going to be a very expensive mistake. Author of this post needs to address this

  12. Ok so I got my retainer about a year ago in August and the dentist didn’t tell me anything but to put them on at night. They are cloudy and something have a bad odor. How do I get rid of this?

  13. Ive had my retainer for about 2 months now and when i take it of i put it in the case. Is it safe to put mouthwash in the case and let it sit there while its off? I brushed it with a toothbrush and tooth paste but im scared it will damage it! What do i do?

  14. Hi there! I just got my retainers like about 3 or 4 weeks ago, and my dentist didn’t gave any instructions on this :/ he doesn’t entertain questions… So this has been a real help for me. Btw how can i now if what i’m doing is correct? I mean how do i know if my retainers are dirty? 😮

    • Hi Vanessa, I know it’s been awhile since you posted but you know your retainer is dirty if it smells, if it tastes bad, and/or you notice white or yellowish buildup of stuff on it. Clean it off as fast as you can. Once it is set on there it is hard to get off.

  15. My orthodontist said to use either toothpaste or mouthwash, or any anti Bactria soap. I use toothpaste and a tooth brush. Lol

  16. I got my retainers years ago. They are the clear Invisalign type retainers, Essex I thing they’re called. At first I was diligent in cleaning them. But as time went on I did it less and less to the point of stopping entirely ( disgusting I know.) When attempting to clean the finally I couldn’t seem to get off the white crusty junk.

    I researched it and found many sites recommended vinegar. I was hesitant, retainers aren’t cheap. But I but the bullet and tried it and oh my god it worked wonders. Not all of it came off but anything is better than it was. I still have yet to try it again to see if more comes off but I look forward to it.

  17. My ortho told me to use toothpaste and a toothbrush but now my retainer is all cloudy so is there a way to make them not so cloudy?

    • Also, will putting my retainer in mouthwash be a better way to clean or is there a better way to clean my retainer

  18. Oral dentist told me to use a capful of hydrogen peroxide with enough water to cover the occlusal guard. It soaks in there during the day.

    My dentist told me to use Efferdent.

    In checking out the persulfates that are in Efferdent, even though I bought a box of it, I will return to the first choice. Am calling the Efferdent Co. tomorrow because they do not list in detail what is in the tablet.

    I was told that you never, never use toothpaste as it can scratch and change the conformity of the guard.

  19. I just got my Invisalign retainer last week, and I need advice on cleaning it! My orthodontist told me to clean it with a tooth brush and tooth brush, but after I did, it got cloudy. I also read online about how toothpaste can make it cloudy so what should I clean it with?

  20. Just got my invisalign and my doctor told me not to use denture tablets bec they ruin the film of the thing. He gave me a packet called OAP cleaner and told me to use it. Anyone know if this works? want to make sure before i use it.

  21. Hi there, I log on to your blog on a regular basis. Your humoristic style is awesome,
    keep up the good work!

  22. Hello. My son used a toothbrush & paste to clean his retainer – remember we are strong people, against a little wire – Yep – broke it. Today, had to spend another $200 to have a new one fit & made. I don’t advise a toothbrush… looking for something a lot more gentle. Just soak it in soda water – which will soften up any food particles; swish & wear it!

  23. Thank you! I finally realized why I’ve been getting sick from wearing my over night retainer. I’ve been soaking it in alcohol during the day and would wear it at night. I would wake up in the morning with a sore throat and stuffy nose. Now I know!

  24. I just had to dig through garbage to find my retainers and they are disgusting. I’m using retainer brite or whatever it’s called but that is not enough for me to want to put them in my mouth… What else can I use that will disinfect them? Ones like an Invisalign and the others the plastic with wire. Please help.

  25. i’m seeing so many contradictory posts, some saying you must never use a toothbrush and toothpaste and some saying you must. i just got my retainer yesterday and i woke up with a sore throat and a stuffy nose. i would just like to find out what the right thing to do is as i don’t want it to get cloudy or warp or anything. my orthodontist suggested a gentle liquid soap, but i’m sure then it will taste funny? what do you suggest i do? please help.

    • i’d say use 1 part bleach 10 part water, as it helps clearing the cloudiness and disinfects the retainer, not to mention you would brush your teeth with it a few times, so its not like you might be allergic.

    • Sorry this is a bit late of a resposne but I am in the same boat as you. My dentist gave me a soap specifically made to be gentle to aligners but also kill strep and flu on the aligner. I used it and my soar throats have gone away and aligner is clean. It is called Oap Cleaner. Hope this helps!

  26. I worry about scrubbing my retainer with toothbrush and toothpaste in case I crack it or break it like my sister did with hers. Also I notice that my toothbrush struggles to get into all the nooks and crannies on the inside. Is the some way I keep it thoroughly clean without risking damage?

  27. I don’t know the manufacture of my daughters retainer but its clear plastic that fits over the teeth, she was told to where it to bed every night! Every night she gets a sore throat …if she takes it out the sore throat goes away. Shes been to a doctor and he says she is not sick….what can be done? The orthodontist said he has never heard of anyone getting a sore throat from there retainer. HELP

    • Hi! I noticed you posted 2 months ago, I hope my response isn’t too late. The sore throat is because of the bacteria that has accumulated on the retainer; the same thing used to happen to me.

      It is important the retainer be kept clean at all times. How I keep the bacteria and nasty stuff under control is I brush and then soak my clear retainer in hydrogen peroxide for 5 minutes. Keep it in baking soda water for the rest of the day until it’s time to wear again.

      I hope this gives your daughter some relief!

      • Use the cleaning soap called Oap cleaner. I love it. It kills bacteria (not just ODOR causing bacteria, which is what tablets do) along with some viruses. It works quickly also.

        Hope this helps you.

    • How long has your daughter had the retainer? The first week or two I had my retainer, my tongue got swollen and I felt like I had strep. It went away after my mouth got used to the retainer. Also, my ortho told me to brush my teeth and then use the leftover suds to clean my retainer. Using the toothpaste directly on the retainer would scratch it he said.

  28. I have been really bad with cleaning my retainer and have not done it in ages and it looks really disgusting but I am way too afraid to confront my dentist, will this method still remove bacteria from my retainer if it is very dirty? thanks, you are the go to solution for any embarrassing dental problems!! please answer i really need help! If this method of removing plaque is not a very strong wash, do you recommend a stronger method that will remove lots of bacteria?

    • Someone else mentioned on this post, but for the sake of repeating: I found the easiest way to take care of them was the Oap cleaner solution.

  29. I have tried everything to clean my retainers for example bicarb soda and vinegar to brushing them. I had an appointment 3 days ago and they gave me new retainers because my old ones had a bit of wear on them I’ve nearly had them two years. I’m now using a denture tablet and water to clean them.

  30. I really want to know where he got the metal containers to keep his retainer/mouthwear. I cannot find these anywhere and I need them. I am sure I need to get rid of the plastic….

  31. Hello! How often do you do the soaking in baking soda water thing? Because I did it today and it worked wonders as it got rid of the smell and didn’t warp. I’m not sure if I should do it tomorrow as I’m scared it might ruin the plastic – I have read that baking soda is a mild abrasive and could cause your retainer to go cloudy.

    Help?

  32. I used a cleaning solution called oap cleaner. It works like purrell. You put it on and rinse it off. I take it with me (it comes in a small bottle). Works well when im in school. Also it says it kills bacteria and viruses. Makes my invisalign clean and clear and smelling like mint. I think you can get it online.

  33. I think my retainer infected my gums and they now have a sour taste together with a bad odour. Please advise on possible treatment.? mouth washes do not work. Thank u

  34. Hello Dr Mark I’m dentist in Quito-Ecuador. I love your posts and I read you every moment I can. My english is acceptable (I believe jeje) and my favor to you is: If you can give me the documents or journals where your investigation based. I hope you can and I’m very happy to talk with you. Thanks.

  35. Hello there, i did a bit of a stupid thing and i boiled my retainer the essex one. IT has warped and now hurts to put it on. I only got my braes off a week ago and now this. IM terrified to go to the dentist to ask him to remold it as im afraid to see the cost. Is there anyway to remold my plastic retainer by myself?? please i’m scared my teeth will shift. P.S. your advice is wonderful!

    regards belinda

    • Thanks very much, Belinda, I’m so glad you’re finding the blog useful! I appreciate comments like that from readers like you 🙂 As for your retainer, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there isn’t really any way you can reshape a retainer after it has been boiled. However, your dentist might be willing to make you another at a discount just this once, who knows, it doesn’t hurt to ask! Either way, I think you’re smart to be concerned about your teeth moving — get a new retainer quickly!

  36. Hi Dr Mark, thanks for taking the time responding to everyone’s questions. I also use OAP Cleaner and am very happy with the results.. It is easy to apply, works in under 1 minute, kills bacteria and odor, etc, and very easy to travel with. I started using it to clean my toothbrush as well.. https://www.oapcleaner.com/

  37. Hello Dr. Burhenne,

    I have been wearing one and the same plastic retainers every night already one and a half year. My Orthodontist tolled me to wear it three more months. Is it allowed to put the same PLASTIC retainer for so long time ?
    Thank you

  38. Can I soak my hawley retainer in baking soda? It doesn’t have solder on it but my dentist said i shouldn’t use it because it corrodes the metal, but i don’t want to use persulfate either, so i don’t know what to use. He suggested steralizing tablets like milton, but when i used them on my essix retainer, they didn’t clean off the deposits.

    • Yes, I’d go ahead and use baking soda. Your dentist may be concerned that the baking soda will etch the stainless steel and only acids can do that. Baking soda is the opposite of an acid. Stainless steel will never keep its original form because it’s in your mouth with saliva so there’s very little difference btwn being in your mouth or being in water with baking soda. The thing to remember is that baking soda will disinfect your retainer but not with caustic chemicals–only by a slight elevation in pH so in that way it’s wonderful and safe.

      • Thank you so much for answering. That is very helpful. I only wear the retainers at night now, so how long should i soak them for?

      • Thank you so much for answering. That is very helpful. I only wear the retainers at night, so how long should i soak them for?

        • He already said it in the pdf, you should leave them soaking in the baking soda water all day long and then you wear the retainers all night and then brush them when you brush your teeth in the morning and place them back in the baking soda water all day.

          SO they are either in your mouth or they are soaking in the baking soda water

          • Thank you, yes, I realize he said that, but my orthodontist told me not to soak my hawley retainer in baking soda. In the illustrative youtube video, the retainers shown were essix retainers, so so I wanted to be sure that the advice given here applied to my particular type of retainer too.

      • So I am very confused on how to clean my Invisalign?
        Some websites say to use toothpaste other say not to and some don’t Evan talk about it. do I or not? and what kind of tooth paste would be best if it is okay to use? and I don’t know if I scratched my invisalign or its plaque its on the bottom where I bite down ? Please help me I got my Invisalign 2 weeks ago can I soak my Invisalign in baking soda will it ruin the plastic

  39. Hi. Can you help? Before reading your article, I soaked my retainer into Dettol Antiseptic solution and my retainer has been bleached. Can I still using it? How should I do?

  40. I was wondering if soaking my retainer in the baking soda would help remove some of the tartar that has already built up?

  41. Hi
    I have a retainer and have been told to wear it at night.I can’t tolerate it in my mouth at night so I put it in during the day on and off so it adds up to about 8 hrs daily.
    Ihave a very hard bite and my two front teeth are moving forward.I don’t want to go goofy!!

    Is it ok to do what I am doing.

    • No, its not good and your teeth are going to move back out of alignment and then you will really look goofy for real. And you will have to get braces all over again.

      Just wear them at night like you’re supposed to. After a week or so you should adjust to it.

      Cant you tolerate a temporary discomfort in order to have a beautiful smile in the future?

      Think of those who have been in a fire and have to endure skin grafts and horrific pain and agony and how would they feel to listen to your complaints that you cannot endure a night’s sleep with the retainer.

      Toughen up, kid

  42. HEllo Dr. B,

    Where did you get the stainless steel containers to clean your retainers? I can’t seem to find them in local stores.. I’m trying to get away from the porous plastics we currently use

  43. I have had my retainers for a while and I don’t know what to clean them with.Should I use toothpaste to clean them or soap.

  44. Hi. Can anybody give me some examples of costs of orthodontic treatment. I mean costs of braces (with brackets and rubber bands) and appointments (to make adjustments etc).
    Could anybody give me an idea of what costs to expect?
    Thank you,

  45. if you boil a child’s block retainer will bad chemicals come out of it. after boiling it are daughter got a tung bacteria. not sure if it’s related.

  46. hi I have had my retainers fitted for about 4 to 5 weeks now and I have been cleaning them twice a day in the morning at and at night. I Have been using the kids 6+ ‘my big teeth’ Aquafresh toothpaste it has 24 hour sugar acid protection and fluoride protection and i have been using a kids soft toothbrush to brush it as well. I feel like my orthodontist is going to shout at me because i have been using toothpaste because the leaflet she gave me said that you have to brush it with a toothbrush twice a day but don’t use toothpaste, but i want it fresh and not smelly so i have been using kids toothpaste because i thought it isn’t going to affect the retainers because it is for kids growing teeth and i’m not using ordinary toothpaste which will probably affect the retainer when i use kids toothpaste it makes it fresh and not smelly where as if i just use water it is smelly and not fresh. i am wondering if i just use kids toothpaste with a kids soft toothbrush is it not going to affect the retainer. please help me what should i do stop using the toothpaste and use something different or keep using the kids toothpaste and toothbrush?

  47. So I am very confused on how to clean my Invisalign?
    Some websites say to use toothpaste other say not to and some don’t Evan talk about it. do I or not? and what kind of tooth paste would be best if it is okay to use? and I don’t know if I scratched my invisalign or its plaque its on the bottom where I bite down ? Please help me I got my Invisalign 2 weeks ago

  48. It’s good to know how to care for retainers. It’s scary to think that some soaking solutions can be toxic, since the retainer soaks up things. When my son gets his retainer, I will make sure to use baking soda.

  49. I really need help !
    My dad accidently threw my retainers away in a garbage can and I didn’t realize till a few hours later.
    Are my retainers good to use again?
    I’m scared that they might have absorbed some type of bacteria? And I can’t afford new retainers.

  50. I am confused on whether to place my retainers inside a cup of cold/cool water when I’m not using it, or just to put it inside my case…
    I usually take them out just to eat or brush my teeth, and altogether it takes less than an hour for each meal. Is it better to clean the retainers and put them back in the case, or clean and leave them in distilled water each time I take them out?
    Thanks.

  51. My plastic retainer keeps breaking. I get my cleaner from the store. My orthodontist says it’s bad for my retainer. I don’t know how else to clean it. My cleaner is the only way I know. And my parents are very strict when I mention orthodontist appointments or dentist appointments. Plus is there any way to keep my retainer from hurting me or breaking?

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