There are many advantages to choosing Invisalign® as an alternative to traditional braces. Because this advanced orthodontic system is so discreet, many of our patients prefer this option. Best of all, Invisalign can correct orthodontic issues in about the same amount of time as traditional braces.
Keeping your aligner trays free from bacteria and discoloration is an essential aspect of treatment. In this informative blog post, our team at Fort Bend Dental, serving Missouri City, TX, Richmond, TX, and other areas of Fort Bend County, offers five recommendations for cleaning your Invisalign aligners.
#1: Rinse Your Aligners Every Time You Remove Them
Throughout the day, plaque and saliva accumulate on your Invisalign trays. It is important to rinse your aligners every time you remove them, otherwise bacteria will build up. Doing so will help your trays stay fresh and clean.
#2: Soak Your Trays Once a Day
In addition to rinsing your trays, we also recommend soaking them in an appropriate cleaning solution. Invisalign sells cleaning kits specially designed for their system. You can also choose a retainer cleanser, such as DentaSoak or Retainer Brite. Simply follow the instructions on the box.
These formulas keep your trays clean and prevent them from becoming foggy. Ask your dentist for recommendations.
#3: Use Antibacterial Soap Instead of Toothpaste
It is important to brush your aligners, just as you brush your teeth. However, many toothpaste formulas can actually cause micro-scratches in the trays, giving bacteria more places to hide.
Instead of toothpaste, we recommend using an antibacterial soap. Just be sure to choose a clear formula, as dyes can actually stain the aligners and make them look dingy.
When cleaning your aligners, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Medium or hard bristles are often too abrasive for orthodontic trays.
#4: Remove Your Aligners When Eating or Drinking
When patients first receive their Invisalign trays, they are told to wear them for at least 22 hours every day. Following these guidelines ensures that your treatment stays on track and that you achieve the results you desire.
However, your aligners should be removed any time you eat or drink anything except for water. Eating or drinking with your trays in can cause discoloration. Most importantly, sugars can become trapped between the teeth and the aligners, increasing the risk for cavities.
#5: Store Your Aligners Properly
Anytime you remove your Invisalign trays, they should be placed in a protective case. Never place them in your pocket, as they can become warped or damaged. Leaving them exposed to air can also increase the risk of bacterial buildup.
When you are finished with meals, brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. Then rinse your aligners once more before placing them back in your mouth.
Contact Our Practice to Learn More
Keeping your Invisalign trays clean ensures that your smile stays healthy during treatment. If you are considering Invisalign for yourself or a family member, schedule a consultation at our practice. Our team is skilled and knowledgeable and can help determine if this type of orthodontic treatment is right for you. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at (281) 499-3541.