The Best Clear Aligner Removal Tools & Where to Get Them

The Best Clear Aligner Removal Tools & Where to Get Them
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Table of Contents

  1. What Are Removal Tools?
  2. Why Are They Necessary?
  3. Best-Rated Removal Tools
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. References

One of the great things about straightening your teeth with clear aligners is being able to remove the aligners from time to time. It's so nice to eat without an orthodontic device in your mouth.

But people sometimes struggle to remove their aligners. And as a new wearer, it can take some time to figure out the process.

Clear aligner removal tools can make taking out aligners much easier, and investing in them is a smart step to take for your dental health and peace of mind. As aligners grow in popularity, manufacturers add more brands and newer styles to the market.

What Are Removal Tools and What Do They Do?

Aligner removal tools are mostly plastic devices that you can use, in lieu of your fingers, to remove your aligner trays from your dental arches. There are a few styles on the market:

  • Elastic Hooks: These tools have a hook to place elastics on the teeth on one side, and a V-shaped notch for dislodging aligner trays on the other end.
  • Combination Seating and Removal Tools: These tools have a chewy that you can use to seat or place the aligner, plus a hook you use to remove the aligner.
  • Simple Plastic Hooks: These simple plastic tools have a u-shaped hook on one end.

Why Removal Tools Are Necessary

While it is possible to remove an aligner with one's fingers, doing so is not as easy as it may seem. It's difficult to get a good grip on the thin edge of the aligner. An aligner tool makes it easier to grab and pull the aligner tray.

Putting your hands in your mouth is also not the most sanitary practice. Using a clean aligner removal tool introduces fewer germs to your mouth, helping to reduce the risk of illness and infection.

Where to Find the 10 Best-Rated Removal Tools

Although removal tools are a niche product, they belong to a growing industry. More and different tools hit the market all the time. If you’re shopping for one, you’ll have plenty to choose from. You can almost always order them from Amazon, although at times you can buy directly from the manufacturer.

1. OrthoKey

Orthokey is a simple, plastic hook device that you can easily use to remove your aligners. It's about three inches long and made from durable materials. It should fit into your aligner case for storage. The materials used to make OrthoKey are BPA-free and phalate-free, and wearers love the ergonomic design. 

2. Pultool

Developed by a registered dental assistant, Pultool is a compact aligner removal tool that you can store in your aligner case. You can wash the Pultool in the dishwasher for easy sterilization.

3. Outie Tool

Outie Tool is a simple, plastic hook device that comes in packs of seven, which makes it easier to use clean and sanitary instruments when one starts to show signs of wear. Outie Tools have a hook to remove your top aligner on one side and a lever to remove your top aligner on the other side. 

4. OPGP Aligner Removal Tool

The OPGP Aligner Removal Tool is made from BPA-free and phalate-free materials. It can be immersed in 100-degree water for disinfection purposes. Users report that they’re effective for removing tightly fitting aligners.

5. Healifty Disposable Removers

The Healifter Disposable Elastic Placer and Removal Tool has a design to place elastics on one end and a hook to remove aligners on the other end. Use it once, then throw it away. They're great for travel and dorm life.

6. OraBrite Ortho Aligner Removal Tool

The OraBrite Ortho Aligner Removal Tool comes in bright, fun colors like purple and lime green. Each one comes individually wrapped for safety. An ergonomic shape makes it easy to attach to your aligners.

7. Teheason Aligner Removal Tool

The Teheason Aligner Removal Tool has a simple hook shape. Its size (three inches) makes it ideal for travel because compact and easy to store. It also comes with a case and two chewies to help with the installation of aligner trays.

8. Aligner B-Out

The Aligner B-Out aligner removal tool comes in multi-packs. You can keep one in your car, another in your purse, backpack or briefcase and yet another one another at work.

9. EverSmile

EverSmile sells a multi-pack that comes with orthodontic comfort chews and an aligner removal tool. This is everything you need to get your aligners in and out.

10. PAGOW Clear Aligner Removal Tool

The PAGOW Clear Aligner Removal Tool also comes in a multi-pack. Its ergonomic handle is easy to grip and it fits in most carrying cases.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you remove aligners easily?
To remove your aligners with your fingers, you use your fingernail to pop the aligner off your back tooth. Then, you grab your aligner with your thumb and forefinger to remove it completely. Some people find this hard, which is why removal tools were developed.
Do aligners come with a removal tool?
Some do, and some don't. Orthodontists and dentists sometimes send patients home with a few disposable removal tools. When you run out, you'll need to buy your own reusable removal tool or a collection of disposable ones.
How do you use an aligner removal tool?

Hook the aligner removal tool between the clear aligner and your tooth. The easiest place to do this is beside your back molar. Pull down to unhook the aligner. Then, pull the aligner the rest of the way out of your mouth. Clean your aligner tool as directed, or if you're using a disposable remover, throw it away.

Aligner removal tools make removing your clear aligners easier and more sanitary. Consider the top-rated removal tools listed above. You may need to experiment with a few different disposable and reusable options before discovering the perfect removal tool for your needs. At the end of the day, it's all about making your aligner experience as effective as possible while also keeping it safe and easy.

References

Invisible Aligners for Teeth. (November 2020). WebMD.

9 Things You Should Defnitely Know if You're Considering Invisalign. (November 2015). Women's Health.

Clear Aligners in Orthodontic Treatment. (March 2017). Australian Dental Journal.

7 Essential Accessories for Clear Aligners. Aligners Guides.

Removing and Taking Out Invisalign. (November 2019). West Shore Orthodontics.

Evaluating Clear Aligner Removal Tools. Learn Dentistry.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to serve as dental or other professional health advice and is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any condition or symptom. You should consult a dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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