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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