Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces. They are clear, nearly invisible, and can be removed for eating and cleaning. However, Invisalign aligners require special care to ensure they last as long as possible. Follow these 7 tips to take care of your Invisalign and make sure they stay in great shape.
1. Get into the habit of cleaning your aligners regularly.
Just like your teeth, your Invisalign needs to be cleaned daily to avoid buildup of plaque and bacteria. You can clean them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap, or you can purchase a special Invisalign cleaning kit from your orthodontist. This kit includes a toothbrush and cleaning crystals that are specifically designed for Invisalign aligners.
Whichever method you choose, make sure to brush your aligners gently to avoid damage.
2. Avoid using abrasive materials when cleaning your aligners.
You want to avoid scratching or Clouding the plastic, as this will make them more visible. Abrasive materials such as toothpaste with baking soda can damage the aligners, so it’s best to avoid them altogether. When in doubt, consult your orthodontist or the Invisalign website for recommended cleaning methods.
3. When you remove your aligners, make sure you rinse them.
This will help remove any food particles or debris that may be clinging to the aligners. Rinsing them under lukewarm water should do the trick. This step is especially important before you put your aligners back in, as you don’t want to re-introduce any bacteria into your mouth.
4. Soak your Invisalign aligners daily.
Soaking them in a denture-cleaning solution or retainer brite will help keep them clean and free of bacteria. Simply leave them in the solution for the recommended amount of time before rinsing them off and putting them back in your mouth. To be extra safe, you can also brush them before soaking.
5. Do not eat with your aligners in.
Eating with your aligners in can cause them to become stained or scratched, so it’s best to remove them before meals. If you must eat with them in (for example, at work), try to stick to soft foods that won’t damage the aligners.
In general, you want to avoid any foods that are hard, sticky, or likely to stain.
Some examples of food to avoid are:
- Hard candy
- Chewing gum
- Pizza crusts
These are just a few examples, so use your best judgement. If you’re unsure whether a food is safe to eat with your Invisalign, err on the side of caution and avoid it.
6. Make sure you brush and floss whenever you remove your Invisalign.
This is important for maintaining good oral hygiene while you’re wearing braces or aligners. Be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth, including behind your back molars, and floss between every tooth.
If you don’t have time to brush and floss before putting your Invisalign back in, at least rinse your mouth out with water. This will help remove any food particles or bacteria that could cling to the aligners and cause problems later on.
7. Store your Invisalign aligners in their case when you’re not wearing them.
This will help keep them clean and free of dust or other particles that could potentially damage them. It’s also a good idea to keep a spare set of aligners on hand in case you lose one (though we hope that doesn’t happen!)
Invisalign is a great choice for straightening your teeth, but they require special care to keep them looking their best. By following these simple tips, you can extend the life of your Invisalign and keep them looking virtually invisible!