Living with Invisalign®: Cleaning Tips for Your Clear Aligners
Many of our Wichita, KS, patients have enjoyed the discreet and effective cosmetic benefits of Invisalign® aligners. Invisalign aligners are more comfortable to wear than traditional metal braces.
During your consultation with Dr. Byron Nordhus, you will learn how to clean and care for your Invisalign aligners. If you are looking to get a head start on aftercare tips, this overview is just for you.
How to Clean and Care for Your Invisalign Aligners
Cleaning your Invisalign trays ensures that they remain effective. Following these simple tips can also prevent unnecessary damage to your trays.
If your trays are not regularly cleaned, they can develop a film of food particles that can obscure the clear plastic. When this happens, your trays will lose their discreet, clear properties.
Dirty aligner trays can also increase your chances of developing cavities and gum disease. For these reasons, the manufacturers of Invisalign and Dr. Nordhus recommend following these tips.
Clean Your Trays Often
Cleaning your trays keeps them hygienic, clear, and odorless. Cleaning is straightforward. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean away debris. Some patients may wish to clean their aligners every time they brush their teeth. In between meals, you can simply rinse your aligners with clean water. Never expose your aligners to hot water, which can warp and damage your trays.
You should refrain from using toothpaste when brushing your aligners. Many forms of toothpaste can leave a white film on your trays. If you prefer a more advanced whitening system, Invisalign sells specialized cleaning kits online.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Maintaining good oral hygiene is also important. Food particles that build up on your teeth can cause your trays to become discolored and unattractive. If you are drinking liquids that can potentially stain your teeth (such as coffee, dark sodas, or tea), you may need to remove your aligners. Liquids can become trapped inside the trays, which can stain your teeth.
Try to brush your teeth immediately after eating and before placing your aligners back on. Preventing food particle buildup is the best way to stay ahead of tooth decay.
Avoid Damaging Your Trays
One of the best ways to avoid damaging your clear aligners is to follow the 20- to 22-hour compliance rule. You will be less likely to misplace your aligners if you are wearing them. If you do misplace your aligners, contact our Wichita office immediately. Buying a mouthguard container is another way to prevent misplacing your aligner trays while keeping them clean when not in use.
Discreetly Straighten Your Teeth with Invisalign
One of the main benefits of Invisalign is that it allows you to continue living your life as normal. Unlike traditional metal braces, there are no dietary restrictions or complex cleaning requirements. If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nordhus. During your meeting, we will explain how your cosmetic treatment can be customized to help you meet your goals.