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How to Take Care of Clear Aligner Trays

July 4, 2023

How to Take Care of Clear Aligner Trays

Clear aligner treatment requires your due diligence to ensure seamless treatment progress. It is advisable to wear aligners for 22 hours daily, only removing them on occasions such as eating and drinking. However, your part as a patient doesn’t end with wearing the aligners. You are also required to clean and take care of them. You wouldn’t want to wear yellow-stained, broken, and disheveled-looking aligners, do you? 


In this article, we have laid out all the information that you need to know on how to take care of your clear aligner trays. Read and smile more!

Cleanliness and Hygiene

Maintaining cleanliness and oral hygiene is crucial when handling aligner trays. Before inserting or removing aligners, washing your hands thoroughly to minimize the transfer of bacteria is important. Additionally, aligner trays should be cleaned regularly using a soft-bristle toothbrush and mild soap or non-abrasive denture cleaner. Avoid using hot water, as it may cause the aligners to warp.


Removing and Inserting Aligner Trays

When removing aligner trays, start from the back teeth and gently lift the aligner off. Avoid using excessive force, as it can damage the trays. To insert the next set of aligners, place them over the back teeth and gradually apply pressure toward the front teeth. Use your fingertips to ensure a proper fit, and avoid biting or snapping the aligners into place.


Storage of Aligner Trays

When not wearing your aligner trays, it is important to store them properly to prevent damage or loss. Use the provided storage case to keep the aligners safe and protected. Avoid wrapping them in tissue or napkins, as they can easily be discarded accidentally. Additionally, keep the storage case away from heat or direct sunlight to avoid warping or discoloration.


Tips for Maintaining Aligner Trays


To maximize the effectiveness and lifespan of your aligner trays, consider the following tips:


  • Clean your aligners every time you remove them, and rinse them thoroughly to remove any cleaning solution residue.
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything other than plain water while wearing aligner trays to prevent staining or damage.
  • Store your aligner trays safely, away from pets or young children who may mistake them for toys.
  • Follow the recommended wearing schedule provided by your orthodontist to ensure optimal treatment progress.
  • If you misplace or damage your aligner trays, contact your orthodontist immediately for replacement or further guidance.


Troubleshooting Common Issues


Discomfort and Pain

During the initial stages of wearing aligner trays, you may experience some discomfort or mild soreness. This is normal as your teeth are gradually shifting. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any discomfort. If the pain persists or becomes severe, consult your orthodontist for further evaluation.


Tracking Issues

In some cases, aligner trays may not fit properly or track as expected. If you encounter any tracking issues, contact your orthodontist immediately. They may need to make adjustments or provide you with new aligner trays to ensure the treatment progresses as planned.


Start Your Clear Aligner Treatment With Us!

Clear aligners provide a convenient and discreet way to achieve a straighter smile. Proper handling of aligner trays is crucial to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment. By following the guidelines discussed in this article, you can maintain your aligner trays’ hygiene, integrity, and functionality, ultimately helping you achieve your desired orthodontic results.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I drink coffee or tea while wearing aligner trays?

It is recommended to avoid consuming any colored or sugary beverages while wearing aligner trays, as they can stain the aligners and increase the risk of cavities.


How often should I clean my aligner trays?

You should clean your aligner trays whenever you remove them, preferably using a soft-bristle toothbrush and mild soap or denture cleaner.


Can I participate in sports or physical activities with aligner trays?

You can participate in sports or physical activities while wearing aligner trays. However, it is advisable to wear a mouthguard for added protection.


What should I do if I lose or damage my aligner trays?

Contact your orthodontist immediately if you lose or damage your aligner trays. They will provide further guidance and may arrange for replacement trays.


How long does the treatment with clear aligners typically take?

The duration of treatment with clear aligners varies depending on the complexity of your case. Your orthodontist will provide an estimated timeline based on your specific needs.


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