how to clean clear correct aligners
Cleaning clear correct aligners is important to maintain their transparency and hygiene throughout your orthodontic treatment. Here’s how to clean clear aligners effectively:
Materials You’ll Need:
- Soft-bristle toothbrush (designated for aligners only)
- Mild, clear, unscented liquid soap or aligner cleaning crystals
- Warm (not hot) water
- Denture or aligner cleaning tablets (optional)
- Container or case for storing aligners
Steps to Clean Clear Correct Aligners:
- Remove Aligners:
- Take out your clear correct aligners from your mouth. It’s essential to remove them gently to avoid damaging them.
- Rinse with Cold Water:
- Rinse the aligners with cold water as soon as you remove them. Cold water helps remove saliva and debris without promoting bacterial growth.
- Brush Aligners Gently:
- Use a soft-bristle toothbrush designated for aligner cleaning only. Avoid using toothpaste, as it can be abrasive and cause scratches. Instead, apply a small amount of mild, clear, unscented liquid soap to the toothbrush. Brush both the inside and outside surfaces of the aligners gently but thoroughly.
- Rinse with Warm Water:
- After brushing, rinse the aligners with warm (not hot) water to remove any soap residue. Make sure you rinse them well to prevent a soapy taste when you put them back in your mouth.
- Optional: Soak in Aligner Cleaning Solution:
- You can use an aligner cleaning solution specifically designed for clear aligners. Alternatively, you can use denture cleaning tablets. Follow the product’s instructions for the soaking duration. Typically, it’s safe to soak aligners for 15-30 minutes.
- Rinse Again:
- After soaking, rinse the aligners thoroughly with warm water to remove any remaining cleaning solution.
- Inspect for Cleanliness:
- Examine the aligners to ensure they are clean and clear. If you notice any remaining stains or build-up, you may need to repeat the cleaning process or use a specialized aligner cleaning product.
- Store Properly:
- When you’re not wearing your clear aligners (e.g., during meals), store them in their designated container or case. Keep them away from direct sunlight, heat, or extreme temperatures.
- Maintain Good Oral Hygiene:
- Clean your teeth and gums before putting the aligners back in your mouth. Proper oral hygiene helps prevent the transfer of bacteria and food particles to the aligners.
- Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions:
- Always follow the specific care instructions provided by your orthodontist or clear aligner provider. They may have additional recommendations or products tailored to your aligner treatment.
Regularly cleaning your clear correct aligners and practicing good oral hygiene are essential for a successful orthodontic journey. Clean aligners not only look better but also reduce the risk of oral health issues during your treatment.