Tips on How to Clean Aligners at Home
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Your aligners are the most important part of your teeth correction process as you need to wear them for 22 hours a day. It is just as important to keep your aligners clean and hygienic as it is to brush your teeth. Washing your aligners regularly will ensure that your aligner trays remain clean and do not have any visible stains. It will also safeguard the oral health of your mouth by preventing issues such as bad breath, plaque, tooth decay, etc.
Now that you are aware of the importance of keeping your aligners clean, let us learn how to clean aligners correctly to ensure optimum hygiene. Here’s a look at how you can clean your makeO toothsi aligners in the best possible way to keep in perfect condition for a long time.
How To Clean MakeO Toothsi Clear Aligners At Home?
Following these steps will ensure that your aligner trays stay in the best condition throughout your treatment.
1. Rinse Your Aligners with Water
To clean your aligners, remove them from your teeth and clean them using water at normal temperature. You can hold your aligners under the tap and rinse them using a gentle and low stream of water. Another way is to fill a bowl with water and immerse your aligner to remove all the unwanted particles.
2. Pat Dry Your Aligners
Once you have rinsed your aligners, use a dry towel to pat dry your aligners. Use a gentle pat motion on every part of the aligner tray to remove the water and dry it completely.
3. Store Your Aligners in a Dry Box
Once your aligners are clean and dry, store them in the dry box that is provided to you with your makeO toothsi clear aligners box. Carry your dry box everywhere you go to avoid putting them in unhygienic places or misplacing them.
4. Use a toothsi Foamy
For better care of your aligners, use the aligner cleaning foam by makeO toothsi called “FOAMY” to clean your aligners every time. All you need to do is remove the aligners, gently wash them with the foam and wait for 30 seconds. Then, rinse the aligners thoroughly with water to experience effective cleaning.
Need a clear demonstration of how to clean your aligners at home? Click here to watch a quick video by our team.
Other easy methods to clean aligners at home
1. Soak in White Vinegar and Water
Take a bowl and mix lukewarm water with a tablespoon of white vinegar. Stir the mixture and soak your aligners in the mixture for 15-20 mins. Now remove the aligners and rinse them with tap water. Dry them completely with a clean towel before putting them in the dry box.
Pro-tip: If you do not have white vinegar at home, you can also use baking soda for the same cleansing effect.
2. Use a Non-Whitening Toothpaste
This is probably the easiest way to clean your aligners. All you have to do is clean your aligners with a non-whitening toothpaste and soft brush like you would brush your teeth and rinse with tap water.. Make sure to use a gentle toothbrush to avoid scratching or damaging your aligners.
3. Use Peroxide
Peroxide is a good disinfectant and can be used to clean your aligners safely. For this simply combine equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and warm water. Put your aligners in this mixture and allow them to soak for 30 minutes before rinsing them with cool water.
Things to Avoid to Ensure That Your Aligners Remain Clean
Along with knowing how to clean aligners you also need to know what things to avoid to ensure your tooth aligners stay clean. Here’s a look at some of the things you need to avoid to take proper care of your aligners.
- Avoid using hot water for cleaning your aligners as it can affect their structure.
- Don’t leave your aligners in the open after cleaning them. You can either misplace your aligners or your pets can chew on them thinking it’s a toy. Yes! It happens more often than you think.
- Don’t keep your aligners on surfaces such as tables, beds, couches or napkins as your aligners can get dirty from the bacteria on the surface.
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