How to Clean Clear Aligners at Home

Congratulations! Wearing clear aligners means you are on your way to having a truly great smile. Just remember that keeping your aligners fresh and clean every day is important to your health.

Unclean clear aligners can accumulate bacteria and put you at risk for bad breath and tooth decay. Fortunately, cleaning them is easy to do with just a few simple tools.

You will need a soft tooth brush and some anti-bacterial liquid soap or dishwashing detergent. Cradle the aligner in your hand under your luke warm running water and make a lather with just a little bit of soap. Using the brush, gently scrub the device thoroughly. When you are done, rinse well.

The clean aligners should go immediately back into your mouth or in its case for safe keeping. Here are some things you should not use to clean your appliance:

  • Toothpaste. It can scratch the plastic allowing more places for bacteria to hide.
  • Hot water. Heat can destroy the shape of your device, making it unusable.
  • Bleach. It is too harsh and can ruin the appliance by degrading the plastic.

Wearing your aligners as directed and cleaning them properly will help ensure you get that beautiful smile you’re working so hard for. If you have any further questions on how to go about this, please ask your dentist in your next appointment.

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