Frequently Asked Questions

How to use the DentaDenta UV Steriliser

A simple guide to using to killing 99.9% of the germs on your retainer, gum shield or dentures

How does Ultra Violet light work?

How the power of natures light kills bacteria 

How does UV kill germs?

UV has been proven in numerous studies for its ability to destroy the DNA of germs: viruses, mould, spores, fungi, and bacteria.

In dental applications, the objective is to create a cost effective and continuous method of cleaning. Germs are constantly growing in our indoor and outdoor environment and UV technology gives us the opportunity to continuously clean your mouth piece in a cost effective manner.

How do you know the Denta Denta unit is working?

The start button on the lid illuminates when the unit is operating. It will automatically turn off after approximately ten minutes when the sterilising cycle is completed.

Shall I do two cleaning cycles?

We recommend after the first cycle that you turn over the mouth piece and do a second cycle.

Does my mouth piece need to be dry before I place it in the UV steriliser?

Your mouth piece needs to be completely dry before it is placed in the unit. If you wash your mouthpiece under a tap please ensure that it is dried with a soft cloth before UV sterilising.

Does UV light also kill odours?

UV-C light is effective at killing mould, bacteria, germs and odours. By breaking down the DNA of the bacteria, it causes the molecules to become in-active or die, in turn sterilising the contaminated area and removing odours.

Has UV light been tested?

Yes, UV-C light has been tested at many institutions and on a product-by-product basis, observing the effectiveness of UV light on killing microorganisms. UV light has been used since the late 1880’s to kill microorganisms so it has had centuries of domestic use. There has also been plenty of research on its potential harmful effects to humans which research suggests seem to be minimal if non-at all, if not exposed for long, sustained periods. However you should not look directly at UV light – as you would not look directly at the sun.

DentaDenta UV has been tested and seen to kill 99.9% of bacteria, germs and microbes.

How does UV light affect germs?

Microorganisms are simple organic structures that readily absorb the UV-C wavelength, causing photo-disassociation (destruction). A microbes DNA is first to be adversely effected due to its weaker molecular bonds. In hundredths of a second it suffers irreparable damage. The subsequent loss of genetic instructions causes cell death and/or the inability to replicate, rendering them harmless. Continuous exposure causes uninterrupted degradation, such as the sun does, only significantly faster.

Continuous use of our DentaDenta UV will keep your mouth piece sanitized, odour and bacteria free.

What kind of germs are killed?

UV-C Light is extremely effective against virtually any microbes including rhinoviruses (colds), influenza, bacteria, mould, Streptococcus (Strep) and Staphylococcus(Staph)

Should you wash/clean your retainers first when using your DentaDenta UV Steriliser?

Washing your retainers with water or cleaning them is still advised, but unlikely to kill all the bacteria. The DentaDenta UV can be used absolutely or in conjunction with other cleaning processes. Your mouth piece needs to be completely dry before it is placed in the unit. If you wash your mouthpiece under a tap please ensure that it is dried with a soft cloth before UV sterilising.

How long do the UV bulbs last?

The unit and UV bulb for 5000 hours use.

How do I change the batteries?

Simply open the cover at the bottom of the unit. Two AA batteries are required.

Why do I need to look after my retainer?

Your orthodontic treatment doesn’t end when your braces are removed. No matter what type of braces you have, you will need a retainer to keep your new smile beautiful.

Retainers are exposed to the same bacteria and plaque as the rest of your mouth. If not properly cared for, they can harbour germs and create unpleasant odours. Like your teeth, they need to be cleaned – at least rinsed – after every meal. To keep your retainer germ-free and fresh, dentists and experts recommend you use a range of cleaning methods, from denture baths to UV light.

Does cleaning your retainer with toothpaste really work?

When cleaning your retainer with toothpaste, it creates micro scratches in the material, which collect bacteria. This is one of the reasons why your retainer may have unpleasant odours and discoloration.

How often should you clean your mouthpiece?

According to dentistry experts, you should clean your removable retainers every day to maintain the longevity and strength of your mouth piece.

What’s the value for having a protective case for a mouthpiece?

Dr. Mark Burhenne, dental specialist, argues the importance of looking after and protecting your retainers. Leaving them unprotected can not only make them susceptible to drying out and growing bacteria, but also leaves your retainer vulnerable to being chewed or damaged by pets.

Are these products designed for travelling as well as use in the home?

Yes, all our cases are designed for you to use at home but also are well suited for when you are on the move.  By being a handy, portable size, our cases can fit nicely into wash bags, sports bags and rucksacks.