Little known fact about me: I had braces for a long time in my younger years. A really long time. I remember having them on from seventh grade through to just about my senior year. When I got them off, I was more than ecstatic about how straight my teeth were. The most important part about keeping those teeth straight? My retainer. Believe it or not, I still have my retainers to this day and it’s important that I wear them because I have started to notice my teeth shifting slightly here and there. The problem is, cleaning your retainer is a pain and how do you know that water alone is really doing the job? Enter Fresh Guard by Efferdent Soak & Wipes. I have a review on both today, which can be used for retainers, mouth-guards, and removable braces. Both are good for different times and places, as well as depending on what your usual daily routine is.
Fresh Guard by Efferdent is the first product of its kind which was specially formulated to clean removable dental devices including Invisalign, retainers, and/or sports mouth-guards.
The product is available as a soak and as a wipe; Fresh Guard Soak provides a deep clean, killing 99.9% of odor causing bacteria in just five minutes, with a convenient color change indicator that lets you know when the cleaning process is complete, while Fresh Guard Wipes are ideal for on-the-go cleaning – perfect for after meals or after practice if you wear a sports mouth-guard – and leave behind a fresh mint flavor.
The Fresh Guard Wipes are perfect for those who are on-the-go or traveling. If you need something fast and easy to clean your retainer, removable braces, or mouth-guard, this is your product. I loved how easy it was to just stick a few of these in my purse and have them ready for cleaning. If you have kids who play sports or you play sports yourself, this is great to stick in your practice/gym bag. It helps keep your mouth-guard germ free and clean. I know several friends who have Invisalign right now, and it’s perfect wiping your mouth pieces out, especially before putting them back into your mouth. I like that I can grab one of these, pull it out, and clean my retainers with it. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it’s alcohol free. I enjoyed the fact that it didn’t leave behind an unpleasant taste or residue. That’s really important to me when cleaning any kind of dental devices. You want the product to have a pleasant scent and formula, and these did.
Fresh Guard’s unique formula helps prevent the build-up of sticky mouth film, reduces yellowing, and helps remove stains.
My lovely retainers! When I want to give them a deep clean and have some extra time at home, I go for the actual soak…
The Fresh Guard Soak is really an incredible product. You simply take out one of the little packets, place the powder into a plastic cup, glass, or bowl filled with warm water, and drop your device into it. The solution foams up and is blue at first. You soak your device for 5 minutes and the solution starts to change color to clear when it’s ready. You simply remove it, rinse it with water, and you’re good to go. I noticed after soaking my retainers that any icky mouth film or stains that were on my retainers was completely gone. It really deep-cleaned my retainers. Oh yeah, and it smells so refreshing and minty! I like knowing that my retainers are nice and squeaky clean.
Most people soak their devices in mouthwash or use toothpaste and a toothbrush. These items are not specifically designed to clean retainers, removable braces, and mouth-guards, so you’re not getting a genuinely good, deep clean from them. Also, you can end up scratching and dulling your devices when you use something other than Fresh Guard by Efferdent.
Fresh Guard by Efferdent is currently available at Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, Giant Eagle, Walgreen’s and Amazon.com, and the price varies slightly by retailer, with the average price about $5.99 per box. I highly recommend these products if you or someone you know uses a retainer, mouth-guard, or has removable braces. They really keep everything clean and bacteria free. Dental devices can be expensive, so keeping them clean and in tip-top condition all these years is at the top of my priority list.
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