1. Brush Your Aligners Regularly
You should clean your Invisalign trays every morning and evening during your treatment, just as you would wash and floss your teeth. If your aligners are not carefully cleaned, they might accumulate plaque and germs, just like your teeth! As a result, use toothpaste and a soft toothbrush to clean your aligners twice a day. Brush the inside and outside of your aligner tray gently to eliminate dirt and germs that might harm your teeth and gums.
2. Use Invisalign Crystals to Soak Your Aligners
Soak your trays in Invisalign cleaning crystals every day to aid with odour, bacteria accumulation, and stains. Submerge your aligners in the crystals and the recommended amount of water. It only takes around 15 minutes for the cleaning solution to do its work, after which you should brush, rinse, and replace your trays. Remember not to keep your Invisalign out for any longer than is absolutely required!
3. Avoid Using Mouthwash on Your Aligners
The majority of mouthwashes include harsh components and artificial colouring, which might harm or discolour your aligners. Because Invisalign trays are composed of transparent plastic, they can absorb dyes from mouthwash and potentially deform from other abrasive chemicals. Always remove your aligners before using mouthwash and completely clean your mouth before restoring your trays.
4. Store Your Invisalign Trays in Their Case
You should never keep your Invisalign out in the open. If you do not properly keep your aligners, you risk damaging them or allowing germs to grow on them. In addition, if you leave your aligners out, you are more likely to lose them! If you take your Invisalign out to eat or drink, make it a routine to replace them in their case.
5. Do Not Use Heat to Disinfect Your Aligners
It may appear that using extremely hot water to remove bacteria and germs in your aligners might make sense, but it will actually harm them. Although the plastic trays are designed to be sturdy, when exposed to boiling water or other types of heat, they can soften and alter shape. You can rinse and clean your aligners with warm water, but not extremely hot water.
6. Avoid Certain Beverages
It is advised to avoid drinking sweet or colourful drinks while wearing your Invisalign. If you want to keep your aligners in place, you should only drink water. Otherwise, before drinking anything other than water, remove your aligners. If you drink a sugary beverage, coffee, tea, or dark cola while wearing your Invisalign, rinse them out immediately to minimise stains and bacteria accumulation.
7. Always Remove Your Aligners Before Eating
Eating while wearing your Invisalign trays is not only unpleasant, but it may also be harmful. The aligners are not intended to withstand the strain of hard meals or frequent chewing. Food particles can also sneak into the aligners, where they can proliferate germs and cause tooth rot. Before eating, always remove the trays and clean your mouth before restoring them.
8. Be Careful When Removing Your Aligners
Take caution when removing your Invisalign trays to avoid harming your aligners or gums, especially if you have recently begun treatment. Begin at the rear of the mouth and gradually move the aligners away from the molars. Then, gradually make your way to the front of the mouth. If you’re still having trouble removing your aligners, talk to your dentist about solutions like an aligner hook.
Invisalign Specialists at Midtown Smiles Dental Care
Midtown Smiles Dental Care’s Invisalign professionals are eager to assist you in achieving the smile you’ve always desired. If you’re thinking about using Invisalign to repair your dental misalignments, contact our office today to set up an appointment!