You have several things to know in taking good care of your Invisalign aligners.
You’ve finally made the choice to invest in orthodontic treatment. Your road to a more confident smile has already begun.
You’ll be committing to wearing your aligners all throughout your day for several months to come. So it is important to know how to take care of it properly. Making your invisible braces clean is crucial to keep your teeth healthy.
With plenty of resources on the internet, it’s crucial to have the right and credible information from the experts. Here are top tips to take care of your invisible braces and let them stay clean and your teeth healthy.
How do I care for my Invisalign aligners:
Clean after removing
It is important to rinse and clean your aligners after removing it. Dry saliva on your invisible braces can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. These bacteria can cause gum disease, dental caries, and bad breath. Keeping your aligners clean will also make your teeth and mouth healthy.
Brush your teeth and floss before you wear
You will be wearing your invisible braces pretty much the whole day so you have to make sure your teeth are clean before wearing them. Brush your teeth after eating and don’t forget to floss since food debris may remain stuck in between teeth even after brushing.
Once you wear your aligners without brushing, it becomes a conducive place for bacteria to multiply and cause cavities. The treatment will be wasted if you end up with unhealthy teeth.
Don’t use toothpaste to clean your Invisalign
It may be tempting to clean your clear braces with toothpaste but it may damage it. Use a mild soap to gently clean your aligners instead. Toothpaste can be abrasive when used against the plastic of your Invisalign. Scratches may form on the surface that could be visible once you start wearing them. Keep your aligners clear and scratch-free.
Never use hot water
Don’t forget that your invisible braces are made of plastic and high heat will distort or alter its shape. You don’t want to waste extra money on getting a replacement. You have to be responsible for taking care of your aligners. After all, it’s a big investment.
Similarly, do not attempt to clean your aligners with mouthwash. Mouthwash can come in different colors that may stain your aligners. Avoid drinks that can stain easily as well such as red wine.
Take Care of Your Investment
Take your orthodontic treatment as an investment that you have to take care of. As with other investments, the payoff will be worth it in the end. Ensure to keep healthy oral hygiene and good oral habits. Remember that to have a happy and confident smile, you have to have healthy teeth too.
If you are planning on any orthodontic treatment in the future, you can always visit our clinic at the Invisalign Center. We are happy to talk with you regarding your dental needs!