Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays

Invisalign® is a revolutionary way to straighten teeth and correct common dental issues, like gaps and overbites. The system is a great alternative to traditional braces, and the team at Midtown Dental offer customized Invisalign treatment plans to give you the results you want.

If you’re planning to use the Invisalign system to improve the appearance and health of your smile, you can expect them to be easy-to-use and even easier to maintain. The Midtown Dental staff offers the following tips to ensure your Invisalign trays are clean and ready for use.

The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligner trays that change every few weeks based on the progression of your teeth movements. You wear each aligner for up to 22 hours a day, removing them easily to brush your teeth and eat your meals.

Simple brush method

Whenever you remove your aligner, you should take time to clean it to remove a build-up of debris, bacteria, and food particles.

Cleaning your aligners requires only a toothbrush and fresh water, brushing the tray gently and rinsing it well. Avoid using toothpaste as it can cause damage to the aligner that creates spaces for bacteria to hide.

Deodorizing crystals

The manufacturers of Invisalign offer specialized cleaning crystals that keep your aligners free of odors and bacteria. They are also powerful enough to remove plaque from your trays in about 15 minutes, so you can get back to wearing them for continued correction of your teeth.

You can also soak your aligner in a denture cleaner or use an antibacterial soap to clear away bacteria and other germs.

Aligner case

You can get an Invisalign aligner case that keeps your aligners safe and dry when you aren’t using them. The case is durable, and it’s the perfect place to store your aligner to prevent damage or loss.

To prevent bacteria and aligner damage, make sure to regularly clean your case with a gentle, antibacterial soap, and let it air dry before another use.

Use proper oral hygiene

Before placing the aligner back in your mouth, especially after eating, you should brush and floss your teeth properly.

Good oral hygiene prevents the premature breakdown of the aligner and the buildup of plague that can result in decay in your natural teeth.

Don’t eat or drink with aligners in

Invisalign aligners are easy to remove before you eat or drink. Not only should you take the aligner out to eat and drink for your comfort, you should also remove them to prevent staining and damage.

Certain foods and drinks can stain your clear aligners, affecting their appearance and causing unpleasant odors. Chewing hard or sticky foods may damage the structure of your aligner, making it uncomfortable or unsafe for use.

Traveling advice

If you’re planning to travel, take an extra set of aligners with you in case of loss or damage. Sticking to your schedule is important for the efficient alignment of your teeth.

Be sure to pack your aligners in your carry-on bag. That way, if your luggage gets lost, you’ll still have access to your Invisalign trays.

If you have questions about Invisalign or need help caring for your aligners, call Midtown Dental today to schedule a consultation, or request an appointment online now. 

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