Tips to Care for Invisalign Trays
Invisalign® aligners effectively straighten crooked teeth without metal brackets and wires. If you have just embarked on your orthodontic journey, the trained professionals at MINT orthodontics can examine your teeth and see if this is the right straightening solution for you.
In addition to wearing the clear aligners as directed, patients should learn how to clean and care for Invisalign as well. This is necessary to obtain wonderful results and avoid costly replacements. Contact our Dallas or Fort Worth, TX clinic to achieve a brighter, straighter smile with Invisalign.
The best way to clean Invisalign
Invisalign is most effective when aligners are worn for at least 22 hours every day. During this time, aligners may collect unwanted bacteria and odor. So, what is the best way to clean Invisalign? Use gentle motions with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove debris and food particles. We recommend doing this every time you brush and floss your natural teeth. Keep in mind that traditional toothpaste is abrasive and can scuff up the plastic material.
When you rinse your Invisalign aligners, never use hot water. Hot temperatures can weaken your trays and warp the material, which can have a negative impact on your teeth straightening progress. Since Invisalign is already made from thin plastic to begin with, it will not take much heat to soften them. This is why we ask patients to only rinse their trays with room temperature water. If you have further questions about how to care for Invisalign, ask your orthodontist in Dallas or Fort Worth, TX.
Soak your aligners
Although gentle brushing is an essential part of the process, most people clean Invisalign by soaking them in a special solution. Since trays need to be worn all day and all night, you will need a powerful cleanser that works fast. MINT orthodontics recommends the Invisalign Cleaning System specifically designed for your aligners. You can soak the trays while you eat meals to save time. Once they are soaked, remember to rinse them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth.
Store your aligners properly
Whenever you eat or drink anything, be sure to remove your Invisalign trays first. Aligners are not built for chewing, and this action can inadvertently damage them. When you do take them out, store them in your designated Invisalign case. Due to the frequency of lost Invisalign trays, we recommend keeping your case in a personal bag or purse at all times. Trays are usually changed every few weeks, so be sure to follow the schedule as specified by your custom treatment plan.
Learn to care for Invisalign
When you soak Invisalign trays every time you brush and remember to store them properly, you can ensure you get the results you want with the least hassle. MINT orthodontics can help you avoid common mistakes when you come to our clinic for an appointment. If you are interested in restoring your smile in Dallas or Fort Worth, TX, contact us now for a consultation. We can discuss your many options for orthodontic correction and teach you the best way to clean Invisalign.