Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan is asked about the validity of wudu and ghusl when wearing a permanent retainer.
I have a permanent retainer fixed to my top teeth. If they are removed my teeth will move.
In the past I have committed sins but now I want to do the right thing.
In terms of prayers will my wudu be valid with the fixed retainer? Before having the fixed braces put in I wasn’t making ghusl and had the bad habit. Does that mean I will not be in a state of purity unless the permanent brace is removed?
I don’t want my teeth to move, but I want my prayers, wudu, and ghusl to be accepted too.
Shukran for your question.
The presence of a retainer in your mouth does not impact the validity or invalidity of your wudu or ghusl.
In the Shafi‘i and Maliki schools, rinsing ones mouth (madmadah) in wudu and ghusl is not compulsory, but recommended. Even if you were to omit the madmadah all together, your wudu and gusl will still be valid.
In addition, it is not a requirement that the entire inside of the mouth be rinsed during madmadah. Accordingly, madmadah will be valid with the presence of retainers or braces in one’s mouth.
And Allah knows best.
Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.