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Clear Aligner care

Whether you’re just starting your aligner journey or are already well into your treatment, knowing how to care for your aligners is crucial for achieving the best results. Invisalign, Spark, and Angel aligners are clear trays custom-made to fit your teeth and guide them into alignment, providing you with a straight and beautiful smile. Since you’ll be wearing them daily, keeping them clean is essential. Here’s how you can maintain your aligners effectively.

How to Clean Your Aligners

Caring for your aligners is as simple as brushing your teeth. To ensure they stay clean and clear, follow these steps as often as you brush your teeth:

  1. Rinse: Regularly rinse your aligners under lukewarm water to remove bacteria and plaque.
  2. Brush: Use your toothbrush to gently clean your aligners with small circular motions with a antibacterial soap. Avoid toothpaste, coloured products like mouthwash, which can stain your clear aligners.
  3. Rinse Again: After brushing, rinse your aligners again with lukewarm water to eliminate any remaining bacteria or product residue.
  4. Remove Calcium Buildup: Check your aligners for any cloudy white film, which indicates calcium buildup. If you notice any, soak the aligners in a cleaning solution or use the ultrasonic Zimmer Dental Pod.

Preventative Maintenance for Aligners

To prevent excessive buildup of bacteria, plaque, and calcium, adopt these preventive measures:

  1. Healthy Hygiene Habits: Maintain a thorough dental hygiene routine by brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. This helps reduce bacteria that can transfer to your aligners.
  2. Remove Aligners Before Eating and Drinking: Foods and drinks can stain both your teeth and aligners. Always remove your aligners before consuming anything. Rinse your mouth out after eating or ideally brush your teeth before reinserting aligners after meals.
  3. Clean with Antibacterial Soap: To combat bacterial growth that can cause unpleasant odours, clean your aligners with clear antibacterial soap.

When to Replace Your Aligners

When you’re on your orthodontic journey with Broadbeach Orthodontics, you’ll have a clear schedule for changing your aligners. Each set is designed specifically for different stages of your treatment, ensuring you know exactly when to switch to the next aligner.

Have Questions About Your Aligners?

At Broadbeach Orthodontics, we strive to make your orthodontic experience smooth and enjoyable. If you have any questions about starting your journey with Invisalign, Spark, or Angel aligners, or need advice on caring for them, our team is here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support and guidance on your path to a straighter smile.

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