Invisalign clear aligners are an excellent choice for anyone looking for an orthodontic treatment that’s relatively fast, convenient, and effective. Not only will you have virtually invisible aligners that most people will not be able to detect, you will also feel more confident wearing them; unlike traditional metal braces that are much more visible. And as opposed to metal braces, maintaining your clear aligners is a lot easier since they are removable.
However, just like any other orthodontic treatment, certain measures need to be taken so that you can reap the ultimate benefits during your Invisalign treatment. Our dentists at The Invisalign Center have come up with a few of them.
Clean Your Aligners Daily
You’ll probably be wearing your aligners for the majority of your day and cleaning them daily is necessary so they stay clear and effective. Make sure to clean your aligners before putting them on and after eating to keep them clear of any food debris and stains that can discolor it and affect your teeth as well.
Stay Clear Of Abrasive Cleaning Agents
Oftentimes, patients believe that toothpaste can be used with invisible aligners, but it’s not the case. Toothpaste is an abrasive material that can make your aligners look dull and less transparent. Other abrasive materials include scented soaps, strong detergents, and mouthwash. Additionally, soaps may leave residue and potentially stain your aligners.
Never Eat With Your Aligners In
The constant chewing creates a rubbing motion on both your aligners. This will potentially damage the resin and can deform your aligners, reducing its effectiveness. When putting your aligners away, make sure they don’t stay in the open, and immediately keep them inside the container. While wearing the aligners, it’s best to avoid sodas and coffee (all sugary or colored drinks) that can stain your aligners as well as your teeth.
Have A Proper Oral Hygiene Habit
While you’re on your Invisalign treatment, you have to be extra mindful of your oral hygiene habits. Make sure to brush and floss your teeth every time after eating. By maintaining good oral habits, you reduce the risk of plaque buildup, cavities, and bacteria that will damage your teeth. You need to be diligent and keep any food leftovers out of the aligners. Poor oral hygiene can also lead to gum disease such as gingivitis.
Follow Your Dentist’s Advice
Make sure to follow your dentist’s instructions on wearing your Invisalign clear aligners, including how long you should wear them during the day and for how many days. Usually, most treatments require patients to wear their aligners for 22 hours every day. When patients fail to follow the prescribed time of wear, the treatment may take longer to achieve the desired goals.