One of the largest advantages to choosing Candid clear aligners over traditional metal braces is that you can remove them. You can and should be taking them out of your mouth several times each day, whether it’s to eat or complete your oral hygiene routine. However, some patients find that getting their clear aligners out can be a little tricky. Here are 5 tips that can make removing them a lot easier.
You might think it’s easier to remove your aligners from the front because you don’t have to reach into your mouth, but that’s not necessarily the case. Starting from the back can actually be easier. Just place your fingertip on the part of your aligner that touches the roof of your mouth near your back molars and begin to gently tug. Repeat this on the other side of your mouth and work your way to the front.
Tip #2: Use an aligner hook.
An aligner hook is an additional tool you can get that looks like a crochet hook. However, it is designed specifically for removing clear braces. This can be especially useful if you have attachments on your teeth. That being said, be gentle! Exercise caution so you don’t accidentally damage the delicate soft tissues in your mouth or your aligner.
Tip #3: Supplement your grip with different materials.
It can be hard to grasp the slippery plastic of your aligners. If your bare fingers slide right off, you can try using something like a paper towel or surgical gloves to get a firm grip. The key is to use a material that is still thin enough to where you can feel the aligners but also increase your grip.
If you love getting manicures, beauty may quickly become a pain when it comes to getting a grip on your aligners. Maintaining short fingernails allows you to get your clear braces off more easily while avoiding injury.
Tip #5: Make sure your mouth is relatively warm and dry.
You can definitely enjoy a cup of cool water while wearing your Candid clear aligners, but the plastic may feel less flexible. It’s usually easier to remove your aligners at room or warm temperatures. That being said, do not drink a hot beverage while you have your aligners on, as it could warp the plastic rather than loosen it.
Instead, open your mouth for a few seconds to let it get a bit drier before removing them.
Be patient with yourself! Learning to take your aligners off may take some time. If you’ve tried all these tips and found your clear braces are still giving you trouble, ask your dentist if they have any recommendations! Remember, they’re there to help.
About the Author
At Bonds Ranch Family Dentistry, your smile is in the capable hands of general dentist Dr. Rhiannon B. Presley. Her practice provides Candid clear aligners as an alternative to traditional metal braces to both protect and enhance your smile from the comfort of your own home. If you’re looking for a highly convenient, discreet way to fix mild to moderate orthodontic issues, contact Dr. Presley through her website or by phone at (817) 242-5564.