How to keep your clear aligners clean

You’ve gotten your clear aligners and it’s time to begin your journey to a healthier, straight smile with clear aligners. Just as your oral hygiene routine would change with braces, you will need to adopt a new routine with clear aligners. This includes stocking up on a few more hygiene products and supplies to maintain your new lifestyle. To make things easier, we’ve listed all the things you’ll need to keep your clear aligners clean. 

Get another toothbrush

Becher & Gil Orthodontics recommends that you have two toothbrushes: one for your teeth and one for your clear aligners. This is due to the fact that your clear aligners do not need the same tough bristles used to scrub teeth clean. A softer bristled toothbrush is all you will need to clean the aligners so as to not damage them. Having two different toothbrushes also reduces the risk of staining the aligners with leftover food particles from brushing your teeth.

Use non-whitening toothpaste

A common misconception is that you can use any toothpaste to clean your clear aligners. This is not true. Many people tend to use whitening toothpaste – which is perfectly fine for teeth, but not so for clear aligners. While these types of toothpaste help your teeth to look brighter, they have the opposite effect on aligners. Whitening toothpaste can cause them to look dull or cloudy, making them no longer invisible.

Floss often

If you thought flossing was important before, it’ll be even more important now with clear aligners. While not having braces allows you to still enjoy the foods you love, when it’s time to put your aligners back in, it is important to make sure to remove any food debris to avoid staining them. The best way to do so is by flossing.

Soak for a deeper clean

Soaking solutions are a great way to thoroughly clean your aligners. Whether you do it daily or every few days, soaking your aligners is one of the best ways to keep them clean during treatment. If you want to make the most of your time, try soaking them while you’re eating.

Travel kit

Just as you would carry a travel case for your braces, you should do the same for clear aligners. Not only will having a case and kit keep them safe, but it can also prevent losing or damaging your aligners. Pack an extra set of toothpaste, a toothbrush, and floss so that you can brush between meals.

For more information on oral hygiene practices during clear aligner treatment or to find out if you’re a candidate for clear aligners, contact our office