How to clean your dental splint the right way
Some people suffer from misalignment of teeth. This can occur in several different forms, such as overbite, underbite, open bite or crowded teeth. One of the most promising solutions for misaligned teeth of these and other types are the transparent dental splints, also called aligners. These are being recommended or even prescribed by dentists and orthodontists with increasing frequency. Among other things, they are intended to prevent the teeth from clashing when biting and to reduce, if not eliminate, enamel abrasion. Above all, however, they are intended to gradually straighten out the misalignments over the course of the treatment.
However, this only addresses the problem, not its cause. Misaligned teeth can be caused and favoured by various factors. For example, a lack of dental hygiene can over time lead to holes in the teeth, which in turn can cause tooth loss. In such a case, teeth may also have to be extracted. This creates gaps in the dentition, which the remaining teeth compensate for by using the new space available to them and accordingly shifting into misalignments.
In order to fight the cause of misaligned teeth, regular and thorough dental hygiene as well as potential oral surgery measures are highly recommended, for example by inserting a dental prosthesis or bridge.
Cleaning the dental splint - How often?
When wondering how often you should clean your splints, you should bear in mind that you wear them every single day. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you clean your splint at least every two days. Failure to do so may result in discoloration and deposits on the splint. Not only does this look very unhealthy, it is. For a fresh appearance and a hygienically perfect condition, cleaning during this period is therefore essential.
Cleaning the splint - With what?
Now the question arises as to which cleaning agent is best suited for cleaning the transparent splints. Opinions differ widely as to the answer to this question. While some experts say that denture cleanser is the most recommendable option, other experts believe that hand soap is the most suitable.
The argument in favour of denture cleanser is that it removes bacteria in the best possible way. Hand soap also has the advantage of being particularly gentle on the material of the splint, especially because it is only applied to the splint and then simply rinsed off with warm water.
Indeed, toothpaste can also be used to clean the transparent splints. In this case, however, you should first check that the toothpaste does not contain abrasives. These could sometimes attack the material and, at best, cause material wear to the splint, and at worst, render it unusable.
Cleaning the splint - How?
If you wear your splints for a long period of time and they do not look as fresh as they used to, it is advisable to have new ones made. In this case, you should also contact your health insurance company to find out how much you would have to pay or if the costs can even be completely covered.
The procedure for cleaning the splints is easily explained. Especially with the denture cleanser, the application is very simple. Denture cleansers are often available in the form of tablets that dissolve in a glass of water. Older people usually put their dentures in this glass of water, but this cleaning method also works for transparent splints.
If you dissolve a denture cleanser tablet in a glass of water, you can pre-clean the splint with a soft toothbrush during the dissolving process. This will remove already the coarsest dirt. Then you can rinse the splint briefly under warm running water. Afterwards, simply place the splint in the glass with the dissolved tablet of the denture cleanser and leave it overnight. When you take it out, it should be free of germs.
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