Congratulations! You’ve received your set of the clearest aligners on the planet! So how do you care for your new aligners?
Good oral hygiene is important for keeping your NewSmile aligners clean, invisible, and odour-free. Although our aligners need to be removed for eating and drinking, if you don’t clean your trays properly, your aligners there will be a build-up of bacteria and discolouration. For those that are busy, and always on the go, use Tray Spray (sold separately) to clean and keep your aligners as invisible as the day you received them. So to keep those aligners invisible and fresh here are some Do’s and Dont's for aligner care:
● KEEP ALL OF YOUR ALIGNERS in a safe place! Especially if you have pets around. You may need your previous trays at any time, and don’t want Rover to chew them up or have anything else damage them!
● Wear aligners as directed. It's important to stay on track to wear them for 22 hours per day and to only remove them when eating and/or drinking (except when having plain water). Stay with the plan even though your aligners feel tight or loose, your teeth will slowly fit 'into' your aligners and will fully "seat".
● Night Aligners must be worn as directed. Wear for 10 consecutive hours (do not remove them for 10 hours) daily, and if you must, remove them only when eating and/or drinking (except when having plain water). Stay with the plan even though your aligners feel tight or loose, your teeth will slowly fit 'into' your aligners and will fully "seat".
● Rinse your aligners each time they are removed. Dry saliva and plaque create a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and your aligners will have a bad odour - I know yuck.
Use our Tray Spray to keep your aligners clean, this will also ensure they're crystal clear throughout your journey :)
● Soak your aligners. Never brush them. If you do have to use a brush to remove debris, ensure that it is a soft bristle brush and use it to gently remove the debris. Use lukewarm (never hot) water and a little vinegar to keep your trays clear and sanitized.
● This may be a good time to think about getting an extra pair of retainers for yourself (they last for years if kept well), and they're always good to have in case you misplace a set. Get an extra set by clicking here, or if you want to we offer $75 OFF - click here for 2 sets.
In a cup, mix 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts warm (not hot) water.
Soak your aligners in the liquid for 20 minutes, then rinse in cool water.
● Brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your aligners. Oral hygiene is key to maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Since your NewSmile aligners are form fitted, failing to brush and floss before using them can trap harmful particles between your teeth and aligner, which increases your risk for dental issues.
● Do NOT throw away any of your aligners, we mentioned this earlier, but can’t stress this enough :)
● Do NOT eat or drink while wearing your aligners. It is ok to drink room temperature water. Many foods and drinks can stain or discolour your aligners and cause them to stink.
● Do NOT use toothpaste to clean your aligners. Many types of toothpaste (especially those with whitening agents) are abrasive and can dull your aligners or create small traps for bacteria to dwell.
● Do NOT use soap. A mild soap like Castile soap mixed with lukewarm (not hot) water is fine to use to soak your aligners.
● Do NOT leave your aligners exposed or unprotected while eating. Aside from an increased risk of misplacing them, leaving your aligners in the open exposes them to harmful germs and bacteria. Rinse them, soak them, and then rinse them again before returning them to your mouth.
So you’re experiencing the adventure of a lifetime but something happened to your aligners while out of town? Below you’ll find tips from our licensed dentists and orthodontists who have extensive experience, from creating treatment plans and making your aligners.
What if an aligner cracks and/or breaks, is left behind, or lost? Here are some tips on what to do if you are out of town and something happens to your aligners!
● Depending upon the length of your trip, at minimum, always take your previous step, your current step, and your next step of aligners (3 sets of trays) with you if you’re traveling for up to two weeks (and more steps if traveling for longer). Depending on how long you have been wearing the current step, this will determine whether you will go back to a previous step or move forward to the next step.
If your next aligners feel tight, or won't fit, use your chewies and bite all the way around to fully seat your aligners. This will gently push your aligners into your teeth, and your aligners should feel tight since you're moving them into a straighter place!
● If they’re too tight, go back a step and wear your aligners for 1 week more. Aligners may be worn for 2-3 weeks if they’re not seating well. If you can remove them easily and in the second week, move forward to the next set. If you are having trouble with your aligners contact us immediately.
General rule of thumb: if the current aligners have a gap between your aligner and your teeth after wearing them for two weeks, your teeth are not fully ‘seated’. Once you finish a step, your aligners should have no gap between your teeth.
● Be prepared. Always carry your aligners in a carry-on bag when flying. Check-in baggage can be delayed or lost and there’s always a risk of losing your aligners once it leaves your sight.
● It isn’t always convenient to brush your teeth after eating during travel. At a minimum, rinse out your mouth and aligners before reinserting into your mouth. You can brush your teeth when you get back to your room. This isn’t ideal, but acceptable in a pinch.
We’re a great alternative to wearing braces for many teens and adults. If you have questions or problems while traveling with aligners, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.