Invisalign clear aligners are quickly becoming a popular way to straighten your teeth. Over 8 million people have used these aligners and gotten great results! With these, folks can get straighter, more beautiful smiles in a more discreet way than traditional braces.
However, Invisalign aligners require special care if you want them to work well – and stay invisible. If you get Invisalign, make sure you follow these rules:
Take Them Out to Eat
Anytime you eat or drink something, you are introducing particles to your mouth. While this is necessary – after all, you need to eat – these particles can stain your tooth enamel. This explains why people’s teeth tend to become discolored over time. It also explains why people who enjoy more staining foods (like coffee or red wine) get stains on their teeth more easily.
Well, guess what? The foods you eat can stain your aligners just as easily as they do your teeth! To avoid this and keep your Invisalign clear, make sure you never eat or drink while wearing your aligners.
Rinse When You Remove
You should wear your aligners 20-22 hours each day. During that time, the trays are bound to encounter plaque and saliva from inside your mouth. While that is no big deal while you’re wearing the aligners, it can cause problems when you take them out.
Dried saliva and oral bacteria can make your Invisalign trays smell pretty terrible – and no one wants to wear those!
Prevent your trays from smelling foul by rinsing them with water any time you take them out. A simple rinse will be enough to clear out any spit or plaque they’ve picked up during the day.
Don’t Leave Them Out
Let’s say you decide to take out your aligners for an hour. You pull them out, rinse them off, and put them on the bathroom counter to await your return. Everything’s great. Wrong! Leaving your trays out in the open like that can expose them to all manner of bacteria.
Instead, make sure your trays are soaking in denture cleaner or Retainer Brite anytime you remove them for a prolonged period. This will ensure that your trays are sanitized, making them perfectly clean for the next time you wear them.
Don’t Clean Them with Toothpaste
Cleaning your aligners is an important part of Invisalign care. If your trays are nice and clean, they will be more effective – and they will remain invisible. However, your Invisalign trays are not like your natural teeth, and therefore they don’t need toothpaste to look their best.
Using toothpaste on your aligners can actually make them more visible over time. Toothpaste can leave a film on the trays, making them easier to spot when you’re wearing them!
Toothbrushes can also ruin the invisible effect of your Invisalign trays. The bristles can leave small abrasions and nicks on your aligners, so avoid using them altogether. Clear antibacterial soap is good enough for cleaning your trays.
Take Care of Your Teeth
Obviously, one of the most important parts of Invisalign care is your oral hygiene. You should always brush your teeth and floss before putting your aligners back in. This will prevent their exposure to food particles and bacteria. An antibacterial mouthwash can also help you keep your mouth nice and fresh while you wear your Invisalign.
With these tips, it will be easier than ever to care for your Invisalign trays – and with those trays, it will be easier than ever to get straight teeth! If you want to learn more about Invisalign, call one of our offices today!