There are a number of benefits to choosing Invisalign aligners over traditional metal braces for orthodontic treatment. However, if you’re not properly caring for your Invisalign aligners, you may start to experience problems, some of which can cause embarrassment. Improperly cleaned aligners can cause foul odors or discoloration.
Properly Cleaning Your Invisalign Trays
Below are a few tips on how to care for and clean your Invisalign trays:
Soak aligners daily – It’s a good idea to soak your Invisalign trays every day either in a denture cleaning solution or Invisalign cleaning crystals. This will help your Invisalign trays to look and smell clean and loosen plaque or bacteria buildup on them. Don’t forget to rinse them off before putting them back in your mouth.
Clean the trays and your teeth each morning – Bacteria builds up on the aligners while you sleep, which means that your morning dental hygiene routine is very important. This means cleaning both your Invisalign trays and your teeth morning and night.
Brush and floss before putting trays back in – The most important part of keeping your teeth and gums clean is also the best way to keep your Invisalign trays clean. This is to make sure you’re practicing good oral health, including brushing and flossing every day.
Rinse aligners each time you remove them – Apart from your morning and nighttime routine, it’s also important that you rinse your trays every time you remove them. This will also help prevent dried-on saliva and the buildup of plaque or bacteria.
Do not eat or drink with the trays in – Lastly, the only approved thing to consume when wearing your aligners is water. All other food and beverages must be consumed with the Invisalign aligners taken out. Food can cause staining or damage to the trays, which could set your orthodontic progress back.
If you’re interested in Invisalign aligners and would like to see if you are a candidate, please contact Lockett Orthodontics today. Our orthodontic office is located here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.