How To Clean Your Clear Aligners

You brush your teeth and rinse with mouthwash daily, but what about your aligners? With clear aligner cleaning methods being so varied, it can be hard to understand the best practices. Don't worry—we've got you covered! In this article, we will explore different methods of cleaning your aligners.

Use Non-Whitening Toothpaste

By ensuring that your clear aligners are appropriately cleaned with non-whitening toothpaste, you can keep them looking their best and help preserve their integrity so they'll last through the entire treatment process.

A non-whitening toothpaste will not leave residue on your aligner that can cause discoloration or etching. To properly clean your aligners, brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-whitening toothpaste. Take your time gently brushing the surfaces and paying attention not to miss any corner. Rinse them thoroughly with lukewarm water and let them air dry until both sides are fully dry.

Soak Aligners in a Mixture of Water and Hydrogen Peroxide

You may have heard that hydrogen peroxide can effectively clean your aligners. To do this, you'll want to hydrogen peroxide with water and then soak your aligners for around 30 minutes. You can also add a denture-cleaning tablet to the mix if desired.

It's essential to remember that you should only use 3% hydrogen peroxide and not something more substantial, as this could damage your aligners. Additionally, rinse your aligners thoroughly after soaking, as any leftover hydrogen peroxide could irritate your mouth.

Use a Clear Retainer Cleaner Solution to Soak Your Aligners

Soaking your clear aligners in a retainer cleaner will not only help to keep your aligners clean, but it will also help to prevent odor and build-up of bacteria.

The cleaner solution contains antibacterial ingredients specifically designed for cleaning clear aligners. It's advisable to avoid using any other type of cleaner as it could damage the plastic material and make them less effective at straightening your teeth.

Use Cleaning Crystals for Plaque Removal

Cleaning crystals are designed to help remove plaque from your invisible aligners. Here's what you can expect when using them:

  • Cleaning crystals are easy to use, and they work quickly.
  • The solution helps loosen any built-up build-up on your aligners, making cleaning easier.
  • The solution also contains antibacterial properties to help reduce the bacteria in your mouth.

With regular use, your aligners will remain clean and free of plaque build-up, helping to ensure good oral health overall.

Schedule an Appointment to Learn More About Cleaning Your Aligners

Regularly cleaning and taking care of your clear aligners is an integral part of having a successful experience with them. Cleaning your aligners helps remove any plaque build-up, which can help prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay.

At Overhill Dental, we want you to get the best possible results from your clear aligners. That's why we recommend that you schedule an appointment with us to learn more about how to clean them properly. Our experienced team, led by South Los Angeles dentist, Dr. Alexaundrea Smith, can provide tips and tricks on keeping your aligners clean and looking good. Contact us today to book an appointment.

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