One of the most significant innovations in orthodontics is the invention of the Invisalign Clear Aligner System. While this orthodontic treatment option makes it more convenient to get straight teeth, you’ll still have to get used to some best practices to get optimum results while avoiding tooth decay. To keep your teeth in good condition while you straighten your teeth, you’ll have to practice regular cleaning habits with your clear aligners.
Brushing Your Aligners
One of the main advantages of choosing Invisalign is the fact that you can remove the aligners for meals and snacks. This also makes it much easier to thoroughly clean your teeth as well. There are no brackets or wires in the way, meaning you can brush and floss like you normally would.
But even though you’ll have an easier time cleaning your teeth with Invisalign compared to traditional braces, it doesn’t mean your cleaning routine will stay the same when you have Invisalign. Bacteria can build up in your Invisalign trays if you don’t clean them, increasing your chances of tooth decay, not to mention bad breath.
In addition to brushing after every meal and flossing at least once per day, you should clean your clear aligners each time you clean your teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with soft liquid soap and cool water and gently brush your aligners. Because you’re using liquid soap, you may want to purchase a separate toothbrush specifically for your aligners. Be sure not to use toothpaste on the aligners since it can be abrasive.
Soaking Your Invisalign Aligners
In addition to brushing your Invisalign trays, it also helps to soak them when you get the chance. You can purchase specialized soaking crystals from Invisalign designed to free your trays from bacteria while helping you avoid white calcium buildup. Follow the instructions carefully and soak for about 30 minutes at a time. While you want to make sure to thoroughly clean off your aligners, you also want to make sure you’re keeping your aligners in your mouth for at least 22 hours per day to stay on track with your progress.
If you don’t get the cleaning crystals from Invisalign, you can also use retainer cleaning solution on your clear aligners. Mixing lukewarm water with liquid soap or distilled vinegar also works well. Just be sure not to soak your aligners in denture cleaner or mouthwash since these can corrode and damage your clear aligners. When soaking and washing your Invisalign trays, you will also want to avoid hot water since heat can warp your aligners.
Whenever you take your aligners out for meals or to brush and floss, be sure to keep them in a safe place in your case. Avoid wrapping them in a napkin if you go out to eat since they may accidentally get tossed in the trash by a server, and be sure not to set them on a bathroom counter, which is generally full of germs.
To learn more about Invisalign, schedule your free consultation at Crescent Orthodontic Specialists today!