If you opted for Invisalign in St. Clair Shores then you probably want an orthodontic treatment that isn't as visible as braces. But for this to happen, you need to learn how to properly clean your aligners. After all, a stained set of trays is the opposite of what Invisalign can offer.
In this short blog post, we'll tell you why and how to keep your Invisalign aligners clean.
Let's start with why you need to carefully clean your aligners. First of all, food particles and bacteria can accumulate on your aligners. If it's not removed, it can lead to plaque buildup, bad breath, and eventually tooth decay.
Neglecting to clean your aligners also means that they will become discolored or stained, making them more visible when you wear them. If you want your aligners to remain virtually invisible, you will need to clean them regularly (we'll tell you in a minute how.)
Taking good care of your Invisalign trays can also help extend their lifespan. That means fewer dentist appointments and a more straightforward treatment process.
Cleaning your Invisalign trays isn't that difficult, but it requires consistency if you want to keep them stains and bacteria-free.
Remove your aligners every time you eat or drink anything other than water. This way you can make sure that no food particles will get stuck in between the aligners and your teeth. Taking them off when drinking coffee will also ensure that they don't get discolored or change their shape because of the hot liquid.
When you take your aligners off, store them in their protective case to keep them clean and safe from damage.
Always rinse your aligners with cool water to remove any loose food particles, saliva, and plaque buildup.
Brush your aligners every morning and night using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use gentle motions but be sure to clean every nook and cranny, both on the inside and the outside. Make sure to use non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching the surface of your aligners. Colored toothpaste can stain your Invisalign trays so stay clear of those too.
For more in-depth cleaning, you can soak your aligners in a mixture of half water, and half white vinegar. Leave them in for 15-30 minutes, then gently brush them again with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any residue.
Invisalign requires quite a commitment. You must wear the aligners for 20-22 hours every day and pay special attention to their maintenance if you want to get the desired results.
If you're not sure Invisalign is the right choice for you, Dr. Carly Cassleman at St. Clair Tooth Co. can help you find the best orthodontic treatment for your needs.
Get in touch now to book your appointment with us.