You decided to get Invisalign because you wanted a comfortable and convenient orthodontic solution that would fit your busy lifestyle. While it’s true that treatment with aligners is more convenient than with metal orthodontics, you do need to take care of them properly to protect your oral health.
You will be wearing your aligners for extended periods throughout the day and while you sleep, and bacteria can cause plaque to build up on them just as they do on your teeth. So keeping them clean and fresh is crucial not only for your oral health but to keep your breath smelling fresh.
Tips for Keeping Your Aligners Clean
Here are five steps you can take to protect your smile during Invisalign treatment.
Clean your trays in the morning during your oral hygiene routine – When you wake up in the morning, and at the end of each day make sure your hygiene routine includes brushing your teeth and cleaning your trays. Of course, you should not use toothpaste on your aligners because it’s abrasive. But rinse them thoroughly with water and use a soft-bristled brush to clean them gently.
Rinse your trays every time you remove them – To prevent plaque buildup on your aligners during the day, rinse them every time you remove them for meals.
Soak your aligners every day – Be sure to soak your aligners every day for about 30 minutes using a denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals. Do this while you’re having a meal so that you don’t have to have the aligners out of your mouth for any longer than necessary.
Brush and floss before putting aligners back in – Every time you remove your aligners for meals, brush your teeth before you put them back in. Food particles that remain on your teeth can get trapped by the trays and lead to cavities.
Store your trays in your case when not using them – Don’t leave your aligners exposed when you take them out for meals or special occasions. Always be sure to carry your case so you can put them away and protect them from bacteria.
Call Us for More Information
If you’re having Invisalign treatment in Van Nuys, please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry for more helpful tips to ensure that your teeth remain healthy and free of disease throughout the process.