Caring for your Invisalign® clear aligners is easy, and it's an important factor when it comes to reaching your treatment goals.
Without proper care, diligent cleaning of your aligners, and regular oral hygiene habits, plaque and bacteria can build up and cause damage to both your teeth and aligners over time.
Keeping Your Aligners Clean
Rinse. Any time you take out your aligners, be sure to rinse them under running water before you put them back in your mouth.
Brush. When brushing your aligners (at least once or twice a day), never use toothpaste because it will damage them. Use only clear, anti-bacterial soft soap and warm water, and brush them gently.
Soak. You can soak your aligners in Invisalign's specialized cleaning crystals once a week. These crystals dissolve in water to create a solution for you to soak your aligners in.
Repeat. Following these steps throughout your treatment will help keep your aligners clean and free of the bacteria, plaque, and germs that can grow on them.
Don't eat with your aligners. One of the best aspects of Invisalign is that you can remove them whenever you need to. You must remove them when eating or drinking; otherwise, you risk damaging or staining them. Water is the only thing you can drink while wearing your aligners.
Store your Invisalign aligners in their case. Make it a habit to keep your aligners in their case at all times. Whether you take them out for a meal or to brush your teeth, they must be returned to their case. If you don't, you risk damaging your aligners or even throwing them away by accident. Simply keep your case with you at all times to keep them safe.
Cleaning Your Teeth
Making sure your teeth are clean will go a long way toward keeping your aligners clean and protecting your oral health.
Regular brushing (at least twice a day) and regular flossing (at least once a day) are important in preventing the buildup of bacteria and plaque that can accumulate under your aligners.
Brush and floss your teeth every time you take out your aligners before putting them back in. If that isn't possible, at the very least, rinse the aligners and your mouth with water until you can resume your normal cleaning routine.
Visiting Your Dentist
In addition to regular cleaning of your aligners and teeth, be sure to attend all scheduled appointments with your dentist.
This not only allows your dentist to monitor the progress of your teeth but also helps to ensure you're on the right track in terms of caring for your aligners and adhering to your treatment plan.
For more information about Invisalign or how to care for your aligners, contact our dentists at Spackman Dental today to book an appointment.