Clear aligners can be a convenient orthodontic treatment option. It’s essential to properly care for and maintain their aligners to keep them clean and effective.
We get it – life gets busy –and remembering to care for your aligners might not always be at the top of your to-do list.
The Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning Clear Aligners
First, let’s talk about how to clean your clear aligners properly. One of the easiest ways to clean them is by brushing them with toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will help remove any plaque or debris on the aligners.
On the flip side, there are a few things to avoid when cleaning clear aligners. One of the worst things you can do is use hot water to clean them. Hot water can cause clear aligners to warp, making them less effective. Stick to using lukewarm or cold water to prevent warping.
Another way to give aligners a deep clean is by soaking them in a denture cleaner or a mixture of white vinegar and water. This removes tough stains or odors that regular brushing may not be able to tackle. Just be sure to rinse the aligners thoroughly after soaking to remove any residue.
Maintaining Aligners on the Go
Between work, school, and other events, life gets busy – It’s a good idea to keep a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste on hand for quick cleanings after meals or snacks.
Remember to remove the aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water. Removing the appliance is important to prevent food particles or stains from accumulating on the aligners. After eating or drinking, it’s vital to brush your teeth before reinserting aligners.
When you’re not wearing your aligners, it’s important to store them in a safe and secure place. A retainer case is an excellent option for storing aligners when they are not in use. This helps prevent them from getting lost or damaged.
Tips for Keeping Aligners Fresh and Clean
There are several ways to help keep aligners clean between regular cleanings. One option is to use an aligner cleaner specifically designed for clear aligners. These cleaners are typically foam or liquid and can be found at most stores and online.
Aligners should be checked and cleaned at regular dental checkups. This ensures that the aligners are in good condition and oral hygiene is on track. It’s also important to remember the importance of regular visits to the family dentist.
Between visits, you can also consider using a Waterpik or dental flosser. These handy tools help remove plaque and food particles from hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. This can help maintain good oral hygiene and freshen your breath.
Don’t forget the power of gum or mints containing xylitol, a natural sweetener that has been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Xylitol is an effective way to freshen your breath and prevent tooth decay.
When to See the Family Dentist for Issues with Clear Aligners
Aligners are generally a low-maintenance orthodontic treatment option. However, there may be times when it’s necessary to schedule appointments related to your aligners. Some scenarios are:
- If the aligners become damaged or do not fit properly, visit us as soon as possible.
- Persistent bad breath that does not improve with at-home hygiene measures.
- Frequent soreness, discomfort, or irritation in the mouth.
Get The Most Out Of Aligners With Champlain Orthodontics
Proper care and maintenance are essential for clear aligner treatment and overall oral hygiene. By following the tips and techniques outlined in this guide, you can get the most out of your aligners. At Champlain Orthodontics, we are dedicated to supporting you throughout the process. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about clear aligners or to set up a free consultation.