Cleaning whitening trays is important to maintain their hygiene and ensure they continue to work effectively. Whitening trays are often used in conjunction with teeth whitening gels or strips. Here’s how to clean whitening trays:
- Soft-bristle toothbrush
- Mild liquid soap or dishwashing detergent
- Warm water
- Denture cleaning tablets (optional)
- Clean towel or cloth
- Prepare Warm Soapy Water:
- Fill a clean container or glass with warm water. Add a small amount of mild liquid soap or dishwashing detergent to create a soapy solution.
- Remove Whitening Gel (if applicable):
- If your whitening trays are designed for use with gel or strips, remove any remaining gel or strips from the trays. Dispose of the used gel or strips according to the product’s instructions.
- Rinse the Trays:
- Rinse the whitening trays under running tap water to remove any remaining gel residue or food particles. Hold them by the edges to avoid touching the part that contacts your teeth.
- Brush the Trays:
- Dip a soft-bristle toothbrush into the warm soapy water and gently brush the inside and outside of the whitening trays. Pay close attention to the areas that come into contact with your teeth.
- Rinse Thoroughly:
- Rinse the trays thoroughly with clean, running water to remove any soap residue. Ensure all soap is rinsed away.
- Optional Denture Cleaning Tablets:
- If your trays are particularly stained or if you want to give them a deep clean, you can use denture cleaning tablets. Follow the instructions on the packaging, which typically involve dissolving a tablet in warm water and soaking the trays for a specified time. Rinse them thoroughly after soaking.
- Dry the Trays:
- Use a clean towel or cloth to pat the whitening trays dry. Ensure they are completely dry before storing them to prevent bacterial growth.
- Store Properly:
- Store the clean, dry whitening trays in their designated case or a clean, dry container to keep them sanitary and free from contamination.
- Regular Cleaning:
- Clean your whitening trays after each use to prevent the buildup of bacteria and ensure they remain in good condition. It’s essential to keep them clean, especially if you plan to reuse them for future teeth whitening sessions.
- Avoid Harsh Cleaners:
- Avoid using abrasive cleaners or toothpaste, as they can scratch the trays and reduce their transparency, making them less effective.
Cleaning your whitening trays regularly and properly will help maintain their effectiveness and hygiene. Always follow the specific care instructions provided with your whitening trays or any teeth whitening products you use.