The Raving Patients Podcast


, Episode 


The Uncomfortable Truth About Dental Aligners (And What To Do About It)


, Episode 


June 17, 2022

The Uncomfortable Truth About Dental Aligners (And What To Do About It)

Most dentists know that dental aligners can quickly become a nasty breeding ground for potentially harmful bacteria if not appropriately sanitized - which can be challenging and frustrating for many patients.

In fact, one of the most common complaints dental practices get from patients is how difficult it is to keep dental aligners and other removable appliances clean.

Bacteria replicate quickly, finding their way into the tiny dimples inherent in any plastic or acrylic - no matter how much you clean it with home remedies or other products.

While it's relatively unlikely for patients to get sick from these types of bacteria, their buildup results in aligners having a cloudy, yellow color and a disgusting taste and smell. 

This problem is bad for patients and doctors because of compliance: when aligners don't smell, don't taste, and don't look good - patients won't wear them. 

Lamentably, most sanitizers for removable appliances in the market often fail when it comes to killing those germs and eliminating the foul odor and taste for good.

So, what can dentists do about it?

Fortunately for you, that's precisely what we'll be diving into in this week's episode of 'The Raving Patients Podcast'! 

Steraligner's Trevor Hier (Executive Vice President) and Ian Miller (Director of Global Sales) join me to discuss how their product can help your patients keep their aligners and retainers clean and why it stands out from the other products on the market.

Tune in to learn why Steraligner® was created, its use cases, and how it improves compliance and the doctor/patient experience.

We also share our views on the importance of taking care of your removable appliances and how Steraligner® can help you increase your practice's revenue.

Key Takeaways 

  • The uncomfortable truth about dental aligners (00:00)
  • Trevor's and Ian's background in the dental industry (02:46)
  • Why do removable appliances get so dirty? (09:24)
  • How can people best take care of their removable appliances? (14:46)
  • How Steraligner® can help dental practices increase office revenue (17:11)
  • Steraligner's ancillary products (Sterasmile, Sterabrush, Sterling) (25:59)

Additional Resources

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