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If you are wearing clear aligners to straighten your teeth, you will want to take good care of them. Many of our patients in Rio Rancho, New Mexico have successfully used the ClearCorrect™ clear aligner system to straighten their pearly whites.

In fact, Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood is pleased to offer this alignment system for patients who seek straighter teeth without wearing braces with the visibility of brackets and wires. Wearing aligners 22 hours a day for the months ahead means you will want to care for them so they maintain their integrity. Let’s take a look at how to care for your aligners to ensure their clarity and effectiveness.

1 — Rinse: After you remove your aligners rinse them carefully with cold water to remove bacteria accumulation and saliva buildup before putting them back in.

2 — Temperature: It is important to note that water temperature matters. You don’t want to clean your aligners with hot water as the heat can warp them, affecting their integrity. No running them through the dishwasher either for this very reason.

3 — Hygiene: Taking the aligners out to eat means you also want to brush and floss your teeth before putting them back in. Your goal is to remove food particles and oral debris that could potentially lead to bacteria growth and invite tooth decay.

4 — Cleaning solution: Your aligners can easily be cleaned using antibacterial soap, just rinse well to remove any lingering soapy residue. Avoid cleaning them with toothpaste as it can scratch the plastic which will make them more noticeable on your smile.

5 — Sanitation: While sanitizing your aligners with mouthwash seems like an ideal way to remove germs, mouthwashes with green or blue coloring may tint your aligners and alter their clear color. It is safe to soak them in denture or retainer cleaner to avoid discoloration.

Do you have questions about caring for your clear aligners in Rio Rancho, New Mexico? Please call our Riverside Dental & Beauty Spa team at 505-219-0594 to find out more or to schedule a visit. Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood and our team are excited to help you care for your smile with ClearCorrect every step of the way!