March 8, 2024
How to Clean Clear Aligners

As more people embrace the convenience and aesthetic appeal of clear aligners, it's crucial to understand how to maintain them. Proper care of your aligners not only ensures their effectiveness but also promotes oral health. In this blog, we'll provide a comprehensive guide on how to clean clear aligners. 

Why is Cleaning Clear Aligners Important?

Clear aligners, as recommended by your orthodontist, are an excellent solution for straightening your teeth subtly and comfortably. However, they can harbor bacteria and plaque if not cleaned properly. This can lead to bad breath, discoloration of the aligners, and even oral health issues like cavities and gum disease. Regular and thorough cleaning of your clear aligners is essential to keep them invisible and your mouth healthy.

Daily Cleaning Routine for Clear Aligners

Your daily cleaning routine for clear aligners should be as habitual as brushing your teeth. Every morning, clean your aligners before putting them back in. Use a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to gently brush all surfaces. Rinse them thoroughly with lukewarm water. Repeat this process every night. Remember, hot water can warp the plastic and affect the aligners' fit.

Deep Cleaning Your Clear Aligners

While daily cleaning is vital, your clear aligners also need a deep clean at least once a week. This involves soaking the aligners in a cleaning solution. There are special cleaning crystals available that remove plaque and kill bacteria without damaging the aligners. After soaking, brush and rinse them before wearing.

Avoiding Common Mistake When Cleaning Clear Aligners

It's easy to assume that any cleaning method suitable for teeth is also good for clear aligners, but this isn't the case. Avoid using colored or scented soaps as they can stain or leave a residue on your aligners. Also, steer clear of abrasive toothpaste and brushes that can scratch the aligners, making them less clear. Always use lukewarm water, as hot water can warp the plastic.

Preserving the Clear Aligners While Eating

Remember, clear aligners should be removed when eating or drinking anything other than water. This not only prevents staining but also avoids damage from hot beverages or hard foods. After eating, brush your teeth before putting the aligners back in to prevent trapping food particles.

Handling Your Clear Aligners with Care

An essential aspect of clear aligner maintenance that deserves attention is the way you handle them. Proper handling can significantly extend the life of your aligners and maintain their effectiveness. Always wash your hands thoroughly before removing or inserting your aligners to prevent the transfer of bacteria and germs. When removing them, do so with gentle care to avoid any unnecessary stress or bending, which could warp their shape. Store your aligners in their protective case whenever they are not in use, especially during meals, to prevent accidental damage or loss. This careful attention to handling and storage not only keeps your aligners in optimal condition but also supports your overall oral hygiene routine.

Ready for a Clear, Confident Smile?

Maintaining your clear aligners is a crucial part of your journey to a perfect smile. At Haeger Orthodontics, we're committed to providing you with the best orthodontic care. Dr. Robert Haeger and his team are always ready to answer any questions you might have about clear aligners. If you're in Kent or Maple Valley, WA, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Request an appointment today and let us help you achieve the confident smile you deserve.

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