HOW TO CLEAN CLEAR PLASTIC ALIGNERS

An aligner cleaner that keeps aligners looking and smelling clean, while also removing germs, plaque and debris, is the key to a positive experience with wearing clear braces such as Invisalign® and ClearCorrectTM, as well as other brands.

Since aligners remain in constant contact with your teeth, keeping them clean, both inside and out, is important to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.

Cleaning aligners regularly also keeps your breath fresher and your smile brighter.

HOW TO CLEAN CLEAR PLASTIC ALIGNERS WITH OAP CLEANER:

Cleaning Clear Plastic Aligners with OAP Cleaner is fast, easy and effective!

Simply place your retainer over a sink, bowl or towel and then:

  • PUMP – Press the pump top of the OAP cleaner bottle to deliver the cleaning serum where your retainer need to be cleaned (one pump is all you need!)
  • SCRUB – Use a soft bristle brush or cloth to gently agitate the retainer cleanser and to provide full coverage over the entire apparatus
  • RINSE – Rinse the cleaner off with water and your retainer is clean!

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PROPERLY CLEAN CLEAR PLASTIC ALIGNERS?

Clear plastic aligners fully encapsulate the teeth in clear plastic and are designed to be worn throughout the day and night (except when eating). Therefore, anything that gets trapped inside the clear plastic aligner, whether in the form of visible food particles or invisible bacteria and germs, remains in constant contact with your teeth.

Without proper clear plastic aligner cleaning, your oral health can be compromised due to the odor-causing, decay-producing and health-impacting bacteria, viruses and germs that can be trapped within the clear plastic aligners. Built up plaque and debris can also negatively impact the clearness of your clear plastic aligners, making them more noticeable when worn.

It’s also important to regularly clean clear plastic aligner storage containers, since they can be breeding grounds for germs and can transfer those germs to the clear plastic aligners when placed back in their storage containers.

BENEFITS OF OAP CLEANER FOR CLEANING CLEAR PLASTIC ALIGNERS:

OAP provides instant cleaning of clear plastic aligner takes only 60 seconds to use. The carefully formulated, proprietary cleaning solution is effective at cleaning and sanitizing all types of braces and clear tooth alignment systems, killing 99.99% of all viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs on contact. It also removes stains, plaque and offensive odors.

OAP is BPA, persulfate and chlorine-free, and is completely safe to use on clear plastic aligners, as well as their storage containers. It is a gentle and mild cleaning agent that won’t cause discoloration of the plastic or result in abrasion of any surface material.

HOW DOES OAP CLEANER COMPARE TO USING VINEGAR OR BAKING SODA TO CLEAN RETAINERS?

White vinegar is recommended by some dentists and orthodontists as a way to remove mineral deposits on retainers. To be effective, retainers need to be soaked in vinegar for about 10 – 15 minutes and then thoroughly rinsed (otherwise you won’t be happy with the taste of your retainer!). Baking soda is also an odor-reducer but may be too abrasive for use on some clear plastic retainers. OAP Cleaner offers the same deposit-removing benefits of vinegar and odor-reducing benefits of baking soda in just 60 seconds, and does so with a minty-fresh smell and no risk of abrasion.

HOW DOES OAP CLEANER COMPARE TO USING RETAINER CLEANING TABLETS OR SOAKING SOLUTIONS?

Some people opt to use fizzing tablet cleaners or soaking solutions to clean retainers. This method of retainer cleaning involves dropping the retainer into a cleaning solution and letting it sit for a long period of time, generally overnight. These cleaners are typically recommended in addition to routine retainer cleaning. Since some clear plastic retainers can absorb the chemicals of whatever they are soaked in, it is recommended that you choose your solution carefully. Some cleaners (including denture cleaners and mouthwashes) contain sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohol or other chemicals. In contrast, OAP Cleaner is a safe and effective daily retainer cleaning solution that can achieve the results of daily brushing as well as periodic soaking with fizzing tablets or solutions without the use of any harmful ingredients.

HOW DOES OAP CLEANER COMPARE TO USING ULTRASONIC CLEANING MACHINES FOR CLEANING RETAINERS?

Ultrasonic cleaners can periodically be used to remove built-up deposits on retainers. However, they do not replace regular daily retainer cleaning and may not be effective at removing all deposits or germs. OAP Cleaner can be used on a daily basis to more quickly and more effectively remove deposits on retainers, while also killing harmful germs, viruses and bacteria instantly.

IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLEANING RETAINERS AND CLEANING BITE PLATES?

Orthodontic bite plates, although they serve a different purpose than retainers, are made from the same materials and are worn in the mouth in a similar fashion as wire retainers. Therefore, the same cleaning methods are effective for cleaning bite plates as they are for cleaning retainers.

“After researching and trying a few other products that claimed to help solce these issues, i found OAP – a product that satisfies the dental professionals’s needs and the patient’s need. My patients rave about how OAP clainer is convvenient, how clean it leaves their appliances, and how little time it takes to use. “

Dr Steven Davidowitz,

DDS, FICOI Luxury Dentistry

NYC 328, East 75th St

New York, NY, 10021