Your prescription glasses may look as beautiful as the day you got them, but if your nose pads have begun to yellow, or better yet build up green gunk underneath, they become unsightly when people get close to you. What can you do about this problem? Is there anything you can do to clean yellowed nose pads on your glasses?
Why Nose Pads Turn Yellow
Nose pads are made out of clear plastic. They are in constant contact with your skin, and underneath the plastic the skin often sweats. The sweat, over time, causes the nose pads to turn yellow. On average it takes about one year for the nose pads on your glasses to turn yellow, and you probably want your glasses to last longer than a year, particularly if you are paying a lot for designer eyeglass frames.
Additionally, the reaction between the acidity of the sweat and the metal of the frames can lead to a greenish buildup on the nose pads. This buildup also contains dirt and grime from your skin. It is unsightly, and also quite unsanitary if you stop to think about it.
Can It Be Cleaned?
The answer to whether or not nose pads can be cleaned is yes and no. You cannot do much for yellowed nose pads. Unfortunately, once the nose pad has turned yellow, it is permanent. However, the green gunk and grime under the nose pad can be cleaned.
One way to do this is to use a pre moistened alcohol pad. Shove the alcohol pad between the nose pad and the frame, and let some of the alcohol leak onto the nose pads. Then, rinse it off with water.
If this does not work, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, preferably a child-sized one, and scrub the nose pads. You can even remove them if you wish to get them really clean, but make sure you keep careful tabs on the screws if you do, because they are tiny.
Some people who wear eyeglasses claim that soaking them for an hour in soapy water and then rinsing them will remove the gunk that builds up under the nose pads. Again, this will not help with the yellowed plastic, but if you have buildup it is worth a try.
Consider the Alternative
If you have yellowed nose pads, you do have another alternative. Replacing the nose pads is actually quite affordable. You can pick up a nose pad repair kit at a drug store or your local optometrist, but make sure you have your glasses with you, as there are different kinds available and you will need the right ones.
To do the replacement, start by laying out your supplies on a light colored towel. This will keep the tiny pieces from sliding off of the table. Then, use a jeweler’s screwdriver to remove the old pads. Once they are off, use alcohol soaked pads to clean the frames near where they connect to the nose pads. You want all residue removed before you put the new pads on.
Once the glasses are clean, install the new pads using the jeweler’s screwdriver. Do so gently, as it is very easy to damage these delicate pieces. If you feel resistance when you try to screw in the new screw, take it out and start again.
When you are done, place some clear nail polish or white glue on the screw heads. This way they will not eventually slip out, but you can remove them with your screwdriver if you need to later. Do not use strong glues, as this will make it difficult to remove the nose pads when they also turn yellow. When you are done, you will have glasses that look as good as they did the day you bought them, and you will pay very little for the revamped look.
You have decided to take the orthodontic route because you want straight and even teeth. Instead of going with traditional braces, you have opted for the up-to-date ground-breaking technology known as Invisalign. These clear removable retainers will move your smile into line. You need to follow your dentist's instructions to guarantee successful results and you also need to keep the aligners as clean and sanitary as possible.
It is easy to keep the retainers clean. All you need for the process of hygiene is a toothbrush or a special retainer brush, a denture cleaner or one specifically meant for I Invisalign braces. You will also need a tube of toothpaste. Ask the orthodontist what type of brush and paste are most recommended for your dental appliances. It will only take you minutes per day to ensure that cleanliness in your mouth with these removable items takes place.
Take the Invisalign out of your mouth and give it a good rinsing under the tap with tepid water. This means that the water is either cold nor hot, instead it is in between. Take the special brush you will be using or a soft bristled toothbrush and apply a small drop of toothpaste to it. Put small circular motions to work to gently brush the aligner. You want to brush the entire device, both on the inside surface and the outside. Leave no spot untouched by the brush.
Once the brushing process is complete, rinse the brace under the water once again to get all of the toothpaste off if it. Use tepid water this time as well.
Do an inspection of the appliance to look for any signs of calcium build-up. Just as your teeth are vulnerable to the development of calcification (also known as tartar), so are your clear aligners. It will look like a cloudy white film. If there is build-up, eliminating it with the brush may prove to be a challenge.
What you need to do when it comes to tartar development is to soak the aligner in either a denture bath or a retention cleaner cleaning solution. You can purchase these products at pharmacies and grocery stores. Read the label on the package and follow the instructions. You can also purchase the Invisalign Cleaning System from the manufacturer if you would prefer to do that.
After the cleaning and hygiene process is finished, you can put the dental device back into your mouth. It should have a clean feel to it.
Do not cut corners and soak your dental mouthpiece in mouthwash to kill germs and to disinfect it. Mouthwash has a different purpose to it and most of these products have a color pigment to them. The resin material of the clear braces may end up with color from the wash which could cause the retainers to become tinted. Your braces will not look so clear after this so avoid using mouth rinse to soak your appliances. It is important that you clean these devices every time that you brush your teeth.[Top]
Most of the people in the United States have had braces at one time or another unless you have straight teeth. If you are one of those that had braces and now have a child who has braces, you will be able to guide them along on the path of dealing with the things that come with them. Braces are known to hinder normal chewing that cleans and showers the teeth. There are many other things that will need to be done to keep the teeth and braces clean. It will not do to get cavities on top of having to wear the braces. The brackets and braces that are used will cover the exterior of the teeth but the wires attached to them will be something that will definitely get in the way.
When food gets stuck in the teeth, it will start to form plaque and this will eventually lead to cavities from the bacteria it creates. Diseases of the gum are also included in this because they are also created by bacteria and can lead to gum swelling and infection. To stop all this from happening to the child that has braces, you will need to teach them the right ways to clean their mouths and braces.
Brushing your teeth with braces on is a little different than if you do not have any. The leading dental professionals will tell you that those with braces should brush immediately after meals or after eating anything no matter how small it may be. The child will need to start bringing a small travel toothbrush with them wherever they go so they will have it handy. Listed below are some of the other ways to teach children about the proper oral care when they have braces.
The first thing is to learn to use the toothbrush correctly. The brush will need to be held at a forty five degree angle. Start by brushing between the wires and the gums to start to get the food and debris loose enough to get rid of. Start on the exterior of the teeth on the top. Do not brush more that three teeth at a time to make sure that you get each one correctly. Brush in a circular motion for at least a ten count. Move to the next set of teeth and once the outside of the teeth are finished, the cycle is repeated for the inside of the teeth. Rinse the mouth effectively and also the toothbrush to make sure that it is totally clean. Use a dental mirror to make sure that no visible food is left in the braces. Flossing in between the wires and directly under the brackets and using mouthwash will finish out the cleaning.
Most of the techniques that are used for those wear bracelets are the same for those who do not. If your braces include wires, you will need to clean them thoroughly and give special attention to the amount of time spent on the cleaning and the amount of cleanings per day. You may have to give your child an incentive of some kind to get them motivated to accomplish this task. Whatever method it takes to get them to clean their braces and teeth in the correct way will be a great benefit when they learn it all. In the years that follow, they will be glad you took the time to show them.[Top]