What to include in your clear aligner care kit

Millions of people have discovered Clear Aligners, an alternative to straightening teeth without bulky metal braces. The convenience of this treatment provides flexibility without the pain and discomfort of fixed orthodontics. However, they do come with specific care instructions. 

To make sure your treatment is successful, keep these essential items in your clear aligner care kit:

Clear aligner case or pouch

With clear aligners, you’ll be able to take your trays out for meals and the occasional snack. Avoid the costly mistake of losing your aligners by keeping a few extra cases. While you’ll probably receive a case or two from your dentist or orthodontist, you’ll want extras for your kit and other spots like your desk, nightstand or when you go out. 

Cleaning supplies for your clear aligner trays

When you remove your aligners, it’s best to disinfect them. But sometimes you are nowhere near a bathroom.  This is where cleaning wipes will come in handy. Keep some cleaning wipes in your care kit for when you head out.  If you’re travelling overnight, include a denture cleaner or some cleaning crystals in your kit so you can soak your aligners.

Portable toothbrush and toothpaste

Every time you eat, you’ll take out your aligners, and then you’ll brush your teeth before you put them back in. You’ll be brushing in restaurants and at your workplace. You need a portable tooth kit that fits in your purse or coat pocket. A small, folding toothbrush offers great convenience when you’re on the go. 

Floss or floss picks

Flossing is necessary to remove the food between your teeth, which is something you must do before you put your trays back on. The last thing you want is food particles festering in your teeth under a clear aligner. We know that string floss can be a little inconvenient when you’re on the go- floss picks may be a better option when you’re out and about. 

Orthodontic wax

Even though aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces, you may still experience some discomfort from the aligners and any buttons or attachments the orthodontist might have adhered to your teeth to help straighten your smile. Orthodontic wax is designed to relieve pain caused by orthodontic devices. It creates a barrier which prevents further irritation and allows time for your mouth to heal. 

Taking proper care of your aligner trays will not only give you a better experience during treatment, but it will also protect you from future oral health issues.  While the process of treatment can be a little daunting, it is well worth the investment and effort. After treatment, you’ll have a more dazzling smile that you won’t be afraid to show off!

Dr JJ Serfontein has many years of experience providing Clear Aligners treatment for patients all across the world. He offers Clear Aligners treatment as part of a smile makeover to completely transform your smile.

Contact a Dentist in Cape Town to find out more about Clear Aligners treatment. 

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