When it comes to straightening your smile, Invisalign represents a breakthrough solution. It involves a clear design that provides high discretion and it is removable for optimal patient convenience. However, don’t mistake Invisalign as an entirely “no maintenance” system. You still need to take proper care of your clear aligners, especially when it comes to your cleaning regime.
A highlighted advantage for Invisalign patients is that they can take out their aligner trays to brush and floss. This provides a significant amount of help in keeping your teeth and gums healthy during orthodontic treatment. However, you should also pay close attention to cleaning your aligners before you pop them back in. Neglecting to clean them properly will only reintroduce plaque and bacteria on the teeth that you’ve just worked so hard to clean. Therefore, simply include Invisalign cleaning into your daily oral hygiene routine to avoid such complications.
Choose a Product
When it comes to picking a product to clean your Invisalign with, there are a number of good options, including a special product made by Invisalign manufacturers. In most cases, however, your toothpaste will work just fine in removing plaque and bacteria from your aligners. Soaking your Invisalign in mouthwash should be avoided. If you have any doubt or concern about which product to use on your aligners, please just ask your dentist.
Brush, Rinse, Dry
You can clean your straighteners just like you clean your teeth. Use a small amount of toothpaste and brush all surfaces of your aligners with your toothbrush. Remember to be gentle; you don’t have to scrub forcefully to remove plaque. Next, rinse your aligners under lukewarm water and place it on a clean towel to air dry. If you want to be resourceful with your time, clean your aligners first and use the drying time to brush and floss your teeth.
For more tips on how to care for your Invisalign, please call us at Red Oak Family Dentistry. We love helping patients maximize their investment in clear orthodontics.
McKinney, TX 75071