How to Take Care of Clear Aligners

woman inserting her clear aligner after proper cleaning

When undergoing treatment to straighten your teeth using clear aligners, you spend the majority of the day wearing your aligners. That means that taking good care of your clear aligners is a key aspect of your oral care, and it’s crucial to the success of your treatment. In this post, we’ll tell you what you need to know to keep your aligners in great shape.

Oral Care Before Wear

When you take your trays off, it’ll generally be to eat and drink. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss your teeth before you wear the trays again. If you don’t do this, food particles and bacteria will get trapped in the aligner, eventually spreading to your teeth and causing cavities.

Rinse Regularly

Always rinse your trays when you remove them to eat. Do this with cold water only. It’s important that the saliva is rinsed from the aligners or it may build up and harbor bacteria, which could pose dangers for your teeth when you put the trays back on.

Avoid Heat

Never use hot water to clean your aligners. Hot water will warp the plastic, rendering your trays entirely useless–and they can be costly to replace. Along these lines, never put your trays in the dishwasher.

Clean Properly

Make sure that you never use toothpaste on your clear aligners. Toothpaste is slightly abrasive–abrasive enough to leave tiny scratches in the plastic where bacteria would feel right at home. Use soap instead, and you can also turn to a retainer cleaner for a cleansing soak.

New Year, New Smile!

Make 2020 the year you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. In addition to clear aligner therapy, we have a great selection of restorative and cosmetic solutions that’ll give your smile new life! Give us a call to schedule a consultation, or visit our website to use our online form.

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What’s the Best Way to Whiten Teeth?

A bright, white smile can be a game-changer. Not only do white teeth help your smile shine, they can also give you the confidence to smile freely. At Mint Dental Care, our patients often ask us about the best way to whiten teeth. The answer depends on your schedule and your goals for your smile. We offer three different whitening options: one-size whitening trays, custom trays, and one-visit whitening.

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One-Size Tray Whitening

For folks who want an affordable, low-fuss option, one-size whitening trays are a great fit. Our team will provide you with premade trays and bleaching gel to use at home on your own schedule.

Custom Tray Whitening

This individualized treatment involves creating a custom tray to fit your teeth. First, we take an impression of your mouth and then custom-create your tray. A snug fit is important, as it keeps the bleaching gel from leaking while being more comfortable to wear. Again, you’ll have the convenience of whitening your teeth at home on your own schedule.

One-Visit Whitening

If you can’t wait another day for whiter teeth, one-visit whitening is the treatment for you. Our team will complete your professional whitening treatment in just one visit. Another benefit of one-visit whitening is that Dr. McCord and our team are able to closely monitor your teeth as you receive the treatment.

Any one of our professional whitening services can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Because our whitening products are professional-grade, they are much safer and more effective than products you can buy at the drugstore or homemade remedies. In fact, certain homemade remedies said to whiten teeth, like lemon juice or activated charcoal, can actually damage your enamel.

No matter your goals for your smile, we want to help. To ask our team any questions about our whitening services or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today!

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