As you already know, it is very important to keep your teeth and orthodontic equipment clean. This can be a little overwhelming, especially when you have to keep track of orthodontic appliances that are removable. Whether you have Invisalign, clear aligners, or traditional retainers, there are some specific things you need to know about taking care of them to maintain your oral health and the success of your orthodontic treatment. Read on to learn more about taking care of your retainers and aligners!
The Truth About Toothpaste
It is important to brush your teeth as well as your aligners and retainers in order to maintain cleanliness. However, you should not use the same cleansing product on your appliances as you do on your teeth. You should brush your teeth with your favorite toothpaste, but that same toothpaste will not work for your appliances. Toothpastes with whitening properties can leave a film on your retainer, or make your clear aligners dull or foggy. It is best to clean your appliances with a gentle antibacterial solution that your dentist or orthodontist recommends.
You should also use a separate toothbrush for cleaning your teeth and cleaning your appliances in order to prevent the spread of germs and ensure that you don’t get any toothpaste on your appliances or ingest any antibacterial solution. Soft-bristled brushes are generally a better option for your appliances, but if you have specific questions about your equipment your orthodontist will be happy to make recommendations.
Make Time to Soak
In addition to brushing, it is a good idea to soak your retainer and aligners in cleaning solution frequently. You can do this while you eat dinner in order to multitask and minimize the amount of time you spend without your aligners in! There are many different cleansing solutions that will work for your appliances. Ask your orthodontist to recommend some of their favorites!
For an at-home quick fix, you can mix vinegar with baking soda to get rid of the bacteria from your aligners. When our patients at Newpark Orthodontics get Invisalign in Alpharetta, we like to demo how to clean the clear trays, so you don’t miss a spot. Don’t hesitate to ask your orthodontist, too!
Don’t Forget Your Teeth!
While it is important to keep your appliances clean, you also need to keep up with your regular oral hygiene routine. If there are food particles left in your teeth, they can damage or stain your retainer or aligners. Be sure to thoroughly brush, rinse, and floss your teeth before you put your appliances back in – every single time! Your teeth and retainers will thank you later.
We hope this information helps you on your orthodontic journey! Keeping up with your oral health is very important during and after braces so that you can enjoy the full benefits of your new and improved smile! There is nothing better than the feeling of an easy, confident smile. If you have any questions about your orthodontic appliances, or feel ready to learn more about what braces can do for you, call our office today!