Oral Health: How to Clean Retainers

Must-Have Essentials for Your Invisalign Retainers

In the world of dentistry, it is important for patients and their families to keep up with both oral hygiene practices as well as dental care. Aligners offer an affordable, discreet way to straighten your teeth. Invisible aligners are a perfect solution for those looking not only to correct their smile but also keep it private from the public eye. Dental treatments like invisible braces (or aligners) are a huge part of this equation, but they're not always easy or obvious in terms of cleaning procedures. Aligner orthodontics provide patients with a cost-effective and discrete option for correcting crooked or crowded teeth that is so much more economical than traditional treatments like braces. And while invisible aligners do have some drawbacks such as taking longer in order to see results, they can be worn by themselves without being seen during typical day-to-day activities which allows them greater discretion when compared with other treatment options available on the market today. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take that will help ensure your smile stays healthy during treatment! Read on below for more information about how best to clean your invisibles:

Cleaning your aligners after removing

You will want to be sure that the aligners are thoroughly rinsed after removing them from your mouth. This is because leftover food particles and bacteria can build up in these devices, which could lead to tooth decay or gum disease if not properly taken care of. You'll need to rinse off those pesky little plastic things you've been wearing lately for hours a day straightening out all our teeth with after they're removed.

Cleaning your aligners with toothbrush

Brushing your aligners is important to make sure they don't get lost or damaged. You can brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild, clear liquid soap but avoid the same toothbrush you use on teeth because it will leave residue that could damage your mouth's delicate tissue which may lead to pain when eating food as well as inflammation of the gums. Some people think that hot water can help clean their teeth, but this is not true. Hot water can melt the plastic that holds together thin wires. Both Aligners and retainers are delicate and need to be cleaned with the utmost care. They cannot withstand high temperatures of hot water or anything else that may affect their quality, so always make sure you use cold water when cleaning them.

Store them away for next use

Protect your shiny teeth by storing the aligners in a protective case. You never know when you might not be using them, and they get lost. Never leave your aligners out of their protective case when you're not using them, or they may get scratched and damaged. You may have seen your orthodontist’s instructions to brush and floss before putting in your aligners, but did you know that it is also good practice for when they are already on? The effects of bacteria can be minimized by brushing and flossing. Some people might find the process of wearing their clear aligner a little tedious at first, so best practices include making sure to brush teeth thoroughly beforehand with toothpaste for fresh breath as well as dental hygiene!

 

DIY: Cleaning your retainers

Sometimes, it's not about what you can afford but rather if that particular product will get the job done. Luckily for those who are looking to save money on aligner cleaner without sacrificing quality of cleanliness, a quick and easy DIY solution is readily available: baking soda with water. All you need to do is mix a tablespoon of it with half a cup water. It might take an hour or two more for the soaking time but once done, rinse and brush well before putting them back in your mouth. You'll be all good as new without that pesky price tag sticking out like sore thumb from aligners.

White vinegar is a versatile cleaning agent that can be used to clean your aligners, and other household items. It’s safe for use on most hard surfaces including counters, toilets, tubs/showers (without soap), sinks, floors - even some clothes! The recipe below will share how you might create this natural cleaner in the comfort of your own home using ingredients found in any kitchen pantry:

  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons castile liquid soap
  • ¼ teaspoon tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops lemon or lavender pure essential oils

Add all together into an empty container with lid and shake well before each use

Did you know that liquid soap and water can be used to clean your aligners? By adding a small bit of shampoo or dish detergent, place them in the sink for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with plenty of fresh potable water before returning it into your mouth!

Now that you know how to clean your clear aligners, they will be able to straighten your teeth and give you the beautiful smile of a person who got braces. You have many choices when it comes to aligner cleaners. These substances come in all shapes and sizes, but make sure you choose one that is not abrasive because the wrong kind of cleaner can damage your device.