Clear teeth aligners are lightweight, transparent plastic trays used for correcting teeth alignment. They are convenient, easy to wear, and customizable depending on your te eth's size and shape. Aligners will gradually move your teeth to create a straighter smile. Typically, you will wear a tray for two weeks and then replace it with another one until you get the desired alignment.
Taking care of your aligners is essential to achieve the best results. Follow these tips to keep your aligners in optimum condition:
Make sure to rinse your aligners every time you remove them. This keeps them wet while eliminating any lingering plaque and saliva, so you can prevent stains and discolorations.
Toothpaste can scratch your aligner’s resin, causing discoloration and making them uncomfortable to wear. Before putting the aligners back in your mouth, rinse them thoroughly with lukewarm water using a clear, liquid anti-bacterial soap and a separate toothbrush.
Like brushing your teeth every morning and before going to bed, you should brush your aligners (without toothpaste). This helps remove leftover food particles and prevent bacteria, plaque, or other odor-causing buildups that could lead to bad breath.
Soaking your aligners in a denture/aligner solution or a mixture of water and vinegar for 30 minutes a day will kill any bacteria and keep them clean and odor-free. However, make sure to rinse them before wearing them.
Brush and floss after every meal to remove leftover food particles that might get stuck between your aligner and teeth. This will prevent harmful bacteria from eating away at your tooth enamel and causing discoloration.
Foods and beverages can get stuck between your teeth and aligners, causing stains and other issues. Also, clear aligners for teeth are not designed to withstand chewing forces, so the pressure exerted while eating can easily crack them. You can drink water with your aligners in, but avoid other drinks.
Unexpected day trips, errands, or lunch out with your friends might be problematic for you and your aligners if you are not prepared in advance. Have a small kit or bag to store your essentials including, your aligners, a spare toothbrush, travel-friendly toothpaste, and floss. Keep that bag in your car or handbag so that you can take it with you wherever you go. If necessary, you can brush your aligners with your toothbrush, but make sure to use only water.
If you have a problem keeping your aligners clean or are looking to get clear aligners, visit our practice, Smile Arizona Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ, or contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you with all your dental problems and are here to assist you with all your dental needs.
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