You’ve got your snazzy new invisible braces, and you’re excited to embark on your transformation to a beautiful smile!
You’re (hopefully) wearing them for 20-22 hours every day.
What’s that white stuff forming on the insides?
It’s perfectly normal for calcium deposits to form on your invisible braces. And if you don’t rinse your mouth after meals before putting your invisible braces on, don’t be surprised if you take them off and see food bits inside them.
It’s important to keep your clear aligners clean, especially since you’re wearing them almost all the time!
Before we get into the surprisingly easy way to clean your invisible braces, let’s start with what you should never do.
DON’T use hot water
Do not ever put your invisible braces in hot water to clean them.
You might think you’re sterilising your invisible braces to remove bacteria, but what you’re doing can cause the plastic to warp.
Once it’s warped, either you can’t wear them anymore or the invisible braces will not be in the right position, and all that you’ve paid for your invisible braces goes down the drain.
Only use cold or lukewarm water to soak your invisible braces.
DON'T microwave your invisible braces
Maybe you got the idea of doing this from seeing QB House hairdressers put their tools into a UV steriliser after each haircut, and thought to yourself:
Hmmm… UV… microwave… close enough.
Seriously though, the heat from a microwave can damage your invisible braces!
The plastic can warp and go out of shape, bringing your smile transformation to an abrupt, premature end.
Don’t even think about wearing warped invisible braces.
Because they’re now distorted, wearing them could cause your teeth to shift in ways so wrong, the damage to your teeth alignment could be permanent.
Do not microwave your invisible braces.
DON'T clean invisible braces in the washing machine
This happens to the best of us.
We forget to remove items out of our pockets and throw all our clothes into the washer, where our items get a nice spin in the washing machine.
Or you might be tempted to put your invisible braces in the washer thinking…
Hmmm…since I’m washing my clothes, I might as well wash my invisible braces as well. Yay for multi-tasking!!
If you’ve thrown your invisible braces into the wash by accident (or on purpose), don’t try to wear them again because they have probably gone out of shape!
Get a new set of invisible braces as soon as possible to prevent your teeth from moving back to their original shape.
Place your invisible braces in a case or in your bag instead of your pockets where you might throw them into the wash by accident.
The easiest way to clean your invisible braces
No, you don’t need to soak your invisible braces for hours nor brush them with your toothbrush and toothpaste.
People have broken invisible braces from scrubbing at them too hard!
- Simply put your invisible braces in a glass of lukewarm or cold water and drop 1 tablet of braces cleaner.
- Let your invisible braces soak for 3 minutes and watch the colour turn blue.
- Rinse out your invisible braces and they are good as new!
Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
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