The fact that barely there aligners are exactly that—clear—is one of the most prevalent justifications for their use. Without the more visible wires and brackets of traditional braces, you can obtain a healthy, beautiful smile. However, if your aligners become discolored before they need to be replaced, you could be facing days or weeks of self-conscious smiles.
Fortunately, this issue may be avoided. Let’s examine some of the most common reasons of aligner discolouration and what you can do to avoid them.
Any Beverage That Stains Your Teeth Will Stain Your Clear Aligners
Of course, you take your aligners out to eat, but do you always remember to take them out when you drink something? Red wines, coffee, tea, dark drinks, and sodas can discolor your aligners in addition to staining your enamel. Worse, drinking an acidic or sugary beverage while wearing aligners allows the acidic or sugary beverage to wash your teeth in acids and sugar over time. Remove your aligners anytime you drink anything other than water and wash your teeth before replacing them to safeguard your aligners and your enamel. If you really must keep your aligners, a straw will help you avoid stains.
What About Soaking Your Aligners in Mouthwash?
Mouthwash is a product that is used to keep your teeth and mouth clean and free of microorganisms. You’ll also want to keep your aligners clean and clear of bacteria. So, what’s the harm in soaking your aligners for a while? Well, a bright mouthwash can occasionally discolor your aligners to match! If you don’t want to wear tinted aligners, ask us about the safest mouthwash to use with your appliance.
Using Abrasive Cleaners
There are items designed specifically for aligners that will keep them clean and clear. Abrasive cleaners, including toothpaste, can leave apparent scratches or cloudiness. We’re delighted to recommend the best and safest aligner cleaning products.
Plaque, a bacteria film that can adhere to your teeth’s enamel and gum line, can also adhere to your aligners. Plaque could be the cause of a white film on your appliance. Cleanings should be done thoroughly and on a frequent basis. Discuss the best schedule and strategies for keeping your aligners not only clear, but also sanitary.
What if, despite your best efforts, your aligners become stained? If your aligners are brand new, we may be able to make some recommendations to help you get through the next week. You may not mind waiting if you are almost ready for your next set of aligners. However, the most straightforward way to avoid stained aligners is to avoid them in the first place.
Discuss how to keep your aligners looking their best—and least visible—with our doctors and team at Georgia School of Orthodontics in Atlanta or Gwinnett. We have the answers to ensure your brightest, most confident smile, whether it’s diet recommendations or the most effective cleaning process.