If you have chosen ClearCorrectTM retainers to straighten your smile, it’s critical that you keep them clean. In this post, we’ll go over how to clean your retainers and why it’s so important that you do.
How to Clean Your Retainers
Part of the convenience of ClearCorrect retainers is that they are easy to use and easy to clean. Aligners should be cleaned regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush and cool water, preferably every time you remove them. A mild dish soap or non-abrasive toothpaste can be used too. Stick to a non-abrasive formula so it doesn't scratch or leave small holes in the retainers, which could provide a home for food and bacteria. Hot water is also a no-no, as it could warp and misshape the aligners.
Why Clean Your Retainers?
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to keep ClearCorrect retainers fresh, but it’s imperative that you do. Because you’re spending at least 20+ hours in your aligners, cleaning them every day and cleaning them properly, is crucial to move your teeth into proper alignment, but also clean retainers will keep your smile healthy. If bacteria and food are allowed to build up in the aligners, your mouth will be near-constantly exposed to that bacteria, leaving it vulnerable to inflammation, decay, decalcification, and periodontal disease. Follow the cleaning instructions that can be found on every bag of new aligners, and don’t hesitate to call us if you have questions.
ClearCorrect Retainers at Moores Chapel Dentistry
Here at Moores Chapel Dentistry, we offer ClearCorrect retainers as a convenient alternative to traditional braces. For those looking to straighten their teeth without a mouth full of metal, ClearCorrect retainers is a convenient and near-invisible orthodontic option. If you or a family member are looking to perfect that smile, give us a call to set up a consultation with Dr. Peng, and you’ll be one step closer to a straighter teeth.