Gone are the days of traditional braces being the only solution to align your teeth. Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that can quickly and discreetly straighten your smile. Each removable, clear, plastic tray is worn for a predetermined amount of time, gradually shifting your teeth. Although you will only wear each set for a short period, you need to care for them properly to assure optimal results. Read on for tips from your dentist in Farmington on how to maintain your clear aligners.
Remove Your Aligners Before Eating or Drinking
One of the benefits of Invisalign is there are no dietary restrictions. However, you must always remove the aligners before eating or drinking anything that’s not water. Otherwise, you could accidentally damage or stain them and food particles could get stuck in the aligners.
Store Your Aligners Properly When Not in Use
Whenever you’re not wearing your trays, you should always store them in their designated case. If you leave them lying around, they’re more likely to get lost or damaged. And since the aligners are essentially invisible, searching for them could be a stressful experience! To keep them safe, you should always have your case with you.
Brush and Floss Your Teeth Before Putting Your Trays Back In
Always make sure your mouth is clean before putting your trays back in! Brushing and flossing are critical to removing any food particles or bacteria. Otherwise, you risk trapping them in your teeth or gums when slipping your aligners on, which can lead to dental issues like cavities, decay, and gingivitis.
Clean Your Aligners Regularly
Regularly cleaning your Invisalign aligners can prevent them from developing an odor or looking cloudy. Bacteria can accumulate on the trays throughout the day and while you sleep at night. Use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to gently scrub them every morning and evening while brushing your teeth. Keeping them clean will ensure your mouth stays free of bacteria.
Soak Your Aligners Daily
On top of regularly scrubbing your clear aligners, you should also soak them at least once a day. Here’s what the process should look like:
- Drop denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals into a cup of lukewarm water.
- Soak your trays for at least 15 minutes.
- Once they’re done soaking, gently brush them with a toothbrush to remove any caked-on food or plaque.
- Give them a quick rinse before slipping them back in your mouth.
As you can see, taking care of your Invisalign can be quite easy. By being mindful of these tips, you can get the most out of your treatment and ensure the best alignment experience.
About the Author
Dr. Leslie Metzger earned her dental doctorate from The Ohio State University, and she makes sure to stay current in the field through continuing education. She has attended cosmetic dentistry programs at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and is a member of the American Association of Cosmetic Dentists. If you are interested in Invisalign, she can help you discreetly improve your smile in an average of 9-15 months, as opposed to the 2-4 years traditional braces often require. You can schedule a consultation on her website or by calling (248) 476-3410.