To keep your aligners clean and maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment, here are some tips:

1. Brush and floss your teeth: Before putting your aligners back in your mouth, brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. This helps remove any food particles or plaque that could get trapped between your teeth and the aligners.

2. Rinse your aligners regularly: Whenever you remove your aligners, rinse them with water to remove saliva and any debris that may have accumulated on them.

3. Clean your aligners daily: It’s essential to clean your aligners every day to prevent the buildup of bacteria and odors. You can use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a mild, clear, anti-bacterial soap to gently brush the aligners, both inside and outside. Avoid using toothpaste, as it can be abrasive and cause scratches on the aligner surface.

4. Soak the aligners: Consider using an aligner cleaning solution or specialized cleaning crystals to soak your aligners periodically. Follow the instructions provided by your orthodontist or the product manufacturer. Avoid using hot water, as it can deform or warp the aligners.

5. Avoid eating or drinking with aligners: To prevent staining or damaging the aligners, it’s best to remove them before eating or drinking anything other than water. This also reduces the risk of trapping food particles, which can lead to plaque buildup and bad breath.

6. Keep your aligners in their case: When not wearing your aligners, always store them in their protective case. This helps prevent damage and minimizes the risk of losing or misplacing them.

7. Maintain good oral hygiene: Even when wearing aligners, it’s crucial to continue practicing good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth thoroughly after each meal or snack before reinserting the aligners. This helps keep your teeth clean and reduces the risk of cavities and gum problems.

Remember to follow your orthodontist’s instructions regarding the care and maintenance of your aligners. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to consult with your orthodontist or dental professional.

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