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3 Tips For Keeping Your Plastic Aligners Clean

by Randy Rodriguez

One of the biggest problems that people run into when they have Invisalign plastic aligners is that it can be difficult to make sure that they stay clean and don't smell. Luckily, there are a few actions that you can take to make sure that your invisible braces continue to feel as clean as when you first received them.

1. Brush and Floss After Each Meal

The first steps is to make sure that your teeth are clean every time that you put your plastic aligners back in. If you have any food particles in your teeth, they will adhere to the aligners and will be much more difficult to remove later. By brushing your teeth regularly, you can help reduce the amount of food that gets stuck to your aligners, making the cleaning process much easier.

2. Use Cleaning Wipes

If you are constantly taking out your aligners during the day in order to make a speech to your company or interact with students as a teacher, you might want to consider purchasing special cleaning wipes. These wipes contain a small amount of alcohol that will ensure that the aligners are sanitized and that any errant food particles are removed. You should use wipes and then rinse off your aligners before putting them back into your mouth.

If you find that there is an intense buildup of plaque on your retainer, you might need to wipe them several times with one of the slightly more abrasive wipes. These wipes are designed to remove stubborn food particles without damaging your braces.

3. Let Your Braces Soak in Cleaning Solution Once a Week

Finally, once a week, allow your aligners to soak in a special cleaning solution that is guaranteed not to harm them. The solution will dissolve off any food particles that you couldn't remove by brushing. If you allow your aligners to soak overnight, the particles will be loosened enough to allow you to remove them by brushing. Make sure that you thoroughly rinse off the solution and brush your aligners in order to make sure that you are able to get rid of the taste of vinegar before you put the aligners back in your mouth.

For more information or for a deeper cleaning, talk to your orthodontist. He or she will have a special machine that, when you go into see him or her for a professional alignment appointment, will remove all of the hardened plaque on your aligner.