How to Care for Your Invisalign Aligners
Invisalign is an increasingly popular option for patients who are looking to straighten or correct their teeth. Invisalign offers many critical advantages over braces for most patients. However, your Invisalign system still requires some general care in order to make sure that you’re getting the best results for your efforts.
Clean Your Aligners
Your Invisalign trays cover your teeth for 22 hours of the day. It is important that these aligners are kept free from potentially harmful bacteria that can be bad for your teeth and your overall immune system. Dentists recommend that you brush your trays with warm water and antibacterial soap to keep them free from bacteria or buildup. It is important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and to brush gently. Harsh toothbrushes or too much pressure can cause the aligners to become scratched and disfigured or cracked.
Additionally, you shouldn’t use toothpaste on your aligners because they can discolor them and make your teeth appear stained while using your trays. If you use soap, avoid scented or colored soaps because they can also discolor the aligners, or the scent can cause your trays to take on an unnatural taste.
Dentists also recommend that you rinse your trays several times a day. The simple act of rinsing the trays helps to keep your Invisalign and your teeth free from bacteria on a regular basis.
Soak Your Aligners Weekly
Brushing and rinsing help to rid your Invisalign aligners from most bacteria, but stubborn bacteria or buildup can still occur. For this reason, dentists recommend that once a week you soak your aligners with Invisalign crystals. The crystals are designed to dissolve in water and leaves you with a liquid to soak your aligners.
You should never eat or drink anything but water while wearing your Invisalign system. Foods or other drinks can cause your aligners to become stained, scratched or discolored. Invisalign is designed to be as invisible as possible, and any discoloration can make it appear like your teeth are discolored or marred.
Invisalign is designed to be worn most of the time, but when you take out your aligners, it is important to store them in their appropriate case. Many patients have placed their aligners on a napkin while they eat, but because they are transparent, they are often discarded before anybody notices.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Maintaining your own teeth is critical to the success of Invisalign aligners. You should ensure that you are brushing your own teeth twice a day for two minutes. If you are also brushing your aligners with antibacterial soap, you will likely want to have two different toothbrushes, one for your teeth, one for Invisalign.
When brushing, use a toothpaste that contains fluoride to help maintain or restore the enamel on your teeth. Enamel helps to protect the underlying tooth from exposure to bacteria and cavities. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, as more firm toothbrushes can be harmful to your teeth and the sensitive tissues in your gums.
Floss your teeth daily. There are several different options available for flossing, so talk to your dentist if you need recommendations.
Visit your dentist regularly. Dentist visits should be conducted at least every six months for regular cleaning and exam. Of course, during your use of Invisalign, you’ll likely be going in more frequently to receive new aligners and check on your progress.
Invisalign offers huge benefits for straightening and correcting tooth position. If you are considering Invisalign, contact us and schedule an appointment with our Arlington, TX dentist today. Invisalign offers the most unobtrusive system to correct your teeth, and results can often be achieved in half the time of traditional braces.