How to Properly Care for Your Clear Aligners or Clear Retainers

If you've invested in straightening your teeth with clear aligners or are considering treatment and want to understand what it maintenance entails, this post will help you keep your aligners in good shape.
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How to Properly Care for Your Clear Aligners or Clear Retainers

Clear aligners and clear retainers play distinct roles in orthodontic treatment, each serving a specific purpose to ensure the alignment and maintenance of teeth.

Clear aligners are custom-made trays designed to gradually shift and align teeth over a specified period. Actively worn for most of the day, clear aligners are a primary tool for achieving desired tooth positions during orthodontic treatment.

Clear retainers, on the other hand, are custom-made trays utilized after aligner treatment. Worn usually at night but recommended for a lifetime, retainers help maintain the achieved alignment.

Both clear aligners and clear retainers are delicate and precisely engineered dental appliances, requiring proper care to ensure longevity and effectiveness.

Brush and Floss Teeth Regularly

Maintaining good oral hygiene through regular brushing and flossing before wearing aligners is crucial to keeping the aligners clear and reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum problems.

Rinse Before Inserting

Before handling clear aligners or clear retainers, prioritize hand hygiene by thoroughly washing your hands. Always rinse your aligners with lukewarm water before reinserting them into your mouth to eliminate any debris.

Remove Clear Aligners Before Eating or Drinking (Except Water)

It’s imperative to remove your clear aligners and retainers before eating or drinking (except water). Colored or flavored beverages, including coffee, tea, and sodas, can stain aligners, while hot beverages may alter their shape. Additionally we want to avoid any sugars/acids from sitting against your teeth for extended periods of time. Adhering to these guidelines ensures the safety and effectiveness of clear aligner treatment.

Clean Aligners Regularly

Incorporate a daily cleaning routine using a soft toothbrush and clear antibacterial soap to ensure the effectiveness and longevity of clear aligners. Avoid abrasive substances and harsh chemicals, opting instead for denture cleaners or clear aligner cleaning solutions for additional cleaning when needed.

Store Properly

When not in use, store clear aligners and retainers in their designated case in a cool, dry place. Selecting the right storage environment contributes to the overall cleanliness and well-being of the aligners throughout treatment.

Be Consistent

Consistency is key to successful clear aligner treatment. Diligently follow your orthodontist’s instructions and adhere to the recommended duration for wearing aligners each day to ensure optimal progress and effectiveness of orthodontic treatment. 

For personalized guidance and further information on caring for your clear aligners and retainers, consult with your orthodontist at Fort Washington Dental Associates. Our experienced team is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that your orthodontic journey is as smooth and successful as possible.

Consistent care and adherence to recommended practices are vital for achieving optimal results. We are committed to answering any and all questions you may have about clear aligners, addressing any concerns, and providing you with the guidance you need to maintain healthy teeth and gums throughout your treatment.

At Fort Washington Dental Associates, we prioritize your comfort, satisfaction, and oral health. Schedule a consultation today with our board-certified orthodontist to learn more about how clear aligners can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

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Iliana Cepero
Iliana Cepero
23:13 16 Jan 24
Dr. Lee was incredibly kind, clear, and thorough when I went for a consultation. Doctors who spend time explaining things to a patient and giving them the best and most affordable options do not abound these days. He is very smart too. Strongly recommended!
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