Saturday, August 31, 2013

How to Clean Retainers and Invisalign Aligners: A Video Tutorial

We've been busy making more videos, and this is the latest. It explains in detail how to clean different types of orthodontic retainers and Invisalign aligners. The video is 5 minutes long, but well worth the time to watch.

In a nutshell, the video explains that:

  • You should never brush an Invisalign aligner or clear Essix retainer, and do not use toothpaste on them.

  • You should not continually soak a Hawley retainer that contains metal solder, because the solder will eventually crumble and fall off.

  • You should clean your retainer every single day in a product that kills germs and prevents white plaque buildup.

Friday, July 26, 2013

We Have A New Look - - And Lots of New Features!

We recently redesigned our website, with new features and simpler navigation. Now it's easier than ever to find what you need at Here are some of the new features you'll find:

Retainer Cleaner Finder Tool. Answer just a few simple questions and find the correct retainer cleaner for you. 

Videos page. All of our videos in one place on our website. More videos are always being added, so check back to that page often!

Simpler Menu Structure. Our products are now organized in a more simple manner, making it faster and easier for you to find what you need.

More Product Suggestions. We're showing you more products which are similar to the ones you are searching for, to help you expand your shopping options.

More Product Photos and Videos. Better photos and more videos help you to understand the products and make the right choices.

Faster Checkout Process. Checkout has been simplified to help you get on with your day.

We hope you like the changes we made. If you have any suggestions about how we could further improve your shopping experience on our website, feel free to contact us!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

How To Choose The Right Retainer Cleaner

"What should I use to clean my retainer?" It's probably the most common question we get at We carry five different retainer cleaners. Choosing the best one for you depends on several factors:
  • What type of retainer do you have -- Essix/Invisalign (clear plastic) or Hawley (metal wire and acrylic) ?
  • How often do you wear your retainer?
  • Does your retainer already have a lot of white plaque buildup? 

Clear Plastic Retainers and Invisalign Aligners

If you wear a clear plastic retainer (which is called an Essix retainer), or if you wear Invisalign or clear aligners, then you can clean your retainer with any of the products we carry. If your retainer already has a lot of white plaque buildup, we suggest cleaning it with DentaSoak or SonicBrite. Both of those products are very strong and will usually remove the white buildup after 3 or 4 consecutive cleanings.

You should not brush a clear plastic retainer or aligner, and never use toothpaste on it. Brushing puts microscopic scratches in the plastic, and toothpaste tends to leave a gunky film on the inside of the retainer or aligner.

Hawley Retainers (Metal Wire and Acrylic)

If you wear a Hawley retainer, you need to know whether it contains metal solder before you can know the proper way to clean it. Hawley retainers that contain metal solder should not be soaked on a daily basis. Most retainer cleaners that require soaking will eventually eat away at the solder, causing it to turn black and crumble off. Sometimes the piece that is soldered on is an "afterthought" that is not really important. If you aren't sure whether your Hawley retainer contains metal solder, or whether the soldered piece is important, ask your dentist or orthodontist.

If your Hawley retainer contains metal solder, the best way to clean it is with a toothbrush and Cleanse Freshen Go Spray. If your Hawley retainer does not contain metal solder, you can use any of the retainer cleaning products that we carry.

Wear Your Retainer 24/7?

 If you wear your retainer 24/7, check out Cleanse Freshen Go retainer cleaning wipes. They are great for situations when you need to freshen your retainer but don't have access to clean running water.

Is Your Retainer Shiny and New? Keep It That Way!!

If your retainer is brand new, with little or no white plaque buildup, Retainer Brite does a great job of keeping it clean. Be sure to use it every single day, and you will keep odors and plaque under control. The worst mistake that most people make with a new retainer is not cleaning it often enough with a product that kills odor-causing bacteria.

If you're still confused, check out our Retainer Cleaner Comparison Chart. And soon, we will have a video, and an automated "wizard" tool on our website which will help you decide, too!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

No More Lost Retainers with New Retain-It!

You paid thousands of dollars for your kid's braces, and now they are finally off and your kid is in retainers. The problem: kids lose retainers! They wrap them in napkins and throw them out. They simply lose track of them. And before you know it, you're paying $250 for a brand new set of retainers.

You can avoid this expensive scenario with a new product called Retain-It. Retain-It is more than just a retainer case -- it is a retainer case keeper! This neoprene shell surrounds the retainer case and secures it with a zipper. As if that's not enough, Retain-It includes a loop with a sturdy metal carabiner clip, for attaching your retainer case to a belt loop or a bag. That retainer isn't going anywhere when it's secured in a Retain-It case!

Each Retain-It includes a standard size clear hard plastic retainer case, and a zippered neoprene shell with a metal carabiner clip.

We're really excited about this new product and we hope that you will love it as much as we do. You can find Retain-It and other retainer cases on our website. It comes in a variety of colors.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Night Before Christmas for Braces Wearers

Twas the night before Christmas, and I'd been put through my paces
To cook, clean and wrap with my teeth set in braces.

The cookies so crunchy, the roast beef so chewy
But alas I must eat food that's softer and gooey.

My family munched on their crackers and chips
(Well, those only would have gone straight to my hips).

With my chompers a-hurtin from ear to ear
It's been hard to come up with that old Christmas cheer.

But I know that it all will pay off, all of this grief
When two Christmases from now, Santa brings me straight teeth!

This year, however, I'll cut him some slack
And wish for a case that good dental wax!

So goodbye crooked teeth
And spaces too tight!

Merry Christmas to all
And to all a good bite!

Happy Holidays from all of us at!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Black Friday / Cyber Monday Savings

It's that time of year once again! Here are some Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings from Stock up on your supplies for braces and retainers, including Retainer Brite!

This year, we are offering two ways to save:

SAVE 15% on an order of $50 or more* with Coupon Code:

- OR -

SAVE 20% on an order of $100 or more* with Coupon Code:

(*Your merchandise total, before shipping, must be this amount or more.)

These coupon codes are valid NOW through Tuesday Nov. 27th. Only one coupon code of any type can be used per order. Enter the coupon code on the Shipping/Billing Page when you check out.

The more you buy, the more you save! It's a great time to stock up, and take advantage of your flexible spending benefits before the year ends!

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Couple of Extreme Soft Food Recipes for People Who Can Barely Open Their Mouths and Cannot Chew Much

Recently, both of my teenage daughters (ages 18 and 16) had all of their wisdom teeth removed. It was definitely time for the older daughter. I thought we'd be waiting a few years for the younger one -- but Mother Nature surprised us -- her teeth were almost as developed as her older sister's. And in both girls, the teeth were coming in crooked. To minimize the disruption to everyone's lives, we decided to "do it all at once."

Of course, we stocked up on ice cream, puddings, apple sauce, yogurt, and mac&cheese. I made meatballs and mashed potatoes. But as the days went on, my kids were craving something more substantial and less carby. The problem was: they could barely open their mouths to chew.  And believe it or not, they missed eating vegetables! After a few days, they were really tired of sweets, and eggs didn't appeal to them.

As the primary cook in my house for almost 30 years, I drew on my experience to concoct a few recipes for people who could barely open their mouths and could not chew much of anything. Both recipes involve a food processor or blender. The secret word of the day is: PUREE!!!

Feel free to play around with these recipes to your taste or your needs. 

Super Mushy Enchilada Pie Fortified with Spinach
  • 1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 or 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 package of corn tortillas
  • 2  15 ounce cans of mild Enchilada sauce (or 1 large can) - or any type of mild salsa (if salsa is chunky, puree it first)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2  to 3 cups fresh spinach (3/4 bag of baby leaves) or other leafy green of your choice
  • 1 can refried beans, pinto beans, or black beans (optional)
  • 1 large bag of shredded Mexican-style cheese blend, or equal parts of shredded sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Ground Coriander, Ground Cumin, Oregano, or Mexican Seasoning (optional)
  • Salt (to taste)
  •  1 very large frying pan
  • 1 deep casserole dish (round shape if possible)
  • Cooking spray
  • Sour cream and guacamole on the side
Note: This recipe is purposely mild. If you desire, you can add some chili powder, Chipolte sauce, or medium Enchilada sauce to make it hotter. (Oral surgery patients should probably stick to mild food).

1. Chop the onion and garlic very finely in the food processor. Brown in olive oil, then set aside.

2. Chop the spinach leaves very finely in the food processor. Set aside.

3. If using beans, puree them very finely  in the food processor and set aside.

4. Brown the meat and drain off the fat.

5.  In the frying pan, mix the browned meat, onion/garlic mixture, and finely chopped spinach (or other leafy green). Add the beans (if using). Add half of the Enchilada sauce (about 15 ounces). Add the Coriander and Cumin, Salt, or any other Mexican spices you might want to use (such as Mexican Oregano). Cook over moderate heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

6. Carefully pour the hot meat/spinach mixture into a blender or food processor. Chop it into a fairly fine puree.

7. Spray cooking spray onto the bottom and sides of the casserole dish. Wet one corn tortilla with water (or dip it in Enchilada sauce). Place it at the bottom of the dish. (If it doesn't fit, tear the tortilla in half and overlap it a little bit). Layer in about 3/4 cup of the meat/veggie/bean mixture. Top with a generous portion of shredded cheese.

8. Repeat the layers until you are almost to the top of the casserole dish: wet corn tortilla, meat mixture, cheese.

9. Pour some extra Enchilada sauce on the top layer and sprinkle a generous portion of shredded cheese.

10. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Serve with sour cream and guacamole.

Low Fat Super Soft Fish Rolls with Tons of Veggies
  • 1 lb very thin white fish fillets
  • 1 large onion
  • 2  or 3 cloves of garlic
  • 4 to 6 stalks of celery
  • 1 large yellow or green pepper
  • 1 bag of shredded carrots
  • 2 heads Baby Bok Choy or other cabbage
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • Herb blend: 1T each: Basil, Oregano, Marjoram; 2 tsp Garlic Powder, 1/2 tsp Salt, White Pepper, and (optional) 1 to 2 T Penzey's "Sunny Paris" seasoning. If you don't have "Sunny Paris," then add some dried shallots if possible.
  • 2 or 3 Bay Leaves (optional)
  • 2 Cups Bread Crumbs
  • 1 large rectangular glass or ceramic baking dish
  • Cooking spray 
  • 1 large frying pan

1. Chop the onion, garlic, celery, pepper, and cabbage into chunky pieces. Then put them into a food processor and chop them very finely. Add the shredded carrots and process until everything is chopped super fine.

2. Heat olive oil in frying pan. Add vegetable mixture and Bay Leaves and cook over moderate heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Mix the bread crumbs with the herbs.

4.  Spray the baking dish with cooking spray. Spread all but 1 cup of the vegetable mixture into the  baking dish, making an even layer.

5. Press a fish fillet into the breadcrumb/herb mixture (coating the fish with bread crumbs on both sides). Place about a tablespoon of the reserved cooked veggie puree onto the filet, then roll it up. Place the fish roll on top of the veggie mixture in the baking dish. Repeat with all of the fish filets.

6. Sprinkle any of the remaining breadcrumb/herb mixture over the fish rolls.

7. Cover the baking dish with foil. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

8. Serve with mashed potatoes, soft pasta with butter and cheese, or soft risotto rice.