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Taking Care of Your Invisalign Braces

Taking Care of Your Invisalign Braces

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Congratulations! You are on your way to straighter teeth and a healthy, happier smile with your Invisalign braces. Now that you are officially an Invisalign patient, it is important to thoroughly understand how to care for them. Here are some guidelines and tips on caring for your Invisalign braces.

Safety First

Never place or leave your Invisalign aligners near hot surfaces. Your Invisalign braces are plastic and extreme heat can cause damage and distortion. Always store your aligners in their case when not in use.

Removal

Follow your orthodontist’s instructions regarding how many hours a day are recommended for optimal wear. However, you will want to remove them when you eat, brush and floss. Always remove your aligners starting from the back molars. When placing them back into your mouth, start in the front.

Cleaning

Get into the habit of not only brushing your teeth but also cleaning your aligners after each meal. To properly clean your invisalign aligners you may use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, or, you may soak them in denture cleaner once a day.This can be done while you are eating and is a great way to save time as well as keep your aligners clean and clear.

Do Not Chew Gum

Avoid chewing gum when you are wearing your aligners. The gum will stick to the aligners and can negatively affect them causing you to purchase replacements. As an alternative, suck on a sugar-free mint!

Use a Straw

There may be times when you would like to drink a cup of coffee or tea and you are not able to remove your trays due to being in public. In this situation, you will want to use a straw. Coffee, tea and other dark colored liquids can stain your aligners and cause discoloration. Simultaneously, the sugar that is added in the drinks can get trapped between your aligners and your teeth which may lead to cavities. Using a straw helps avoid contact with the aligners, keeping them clear and clean and your teeth protected.

Store them Properly

Although you should be wearing your aligners on average about 22 hours per day, there are times when you need to remove them to eat or drink. Always store them in their proper case every time they are removed from your mouth. Avoid placing them in a napkin, tissue or nearby dishes when eating. They can easily be thrown away and you will have to purchase replacement aligners, which could delay your treatment and become costly.

Your Invisalign aligners are going to be part of your life during your treatment time. In the beginning, it may take some getting use to. But not to worry, after about the first week or two, you will become used to caring for your aligners and keeping them safe.

Cleaning, rinsing and removing your aligners will all become second nature and only takes a few extra minutes in addition to your otherwise regular routine. In the end, it’s all worth the effort to have a healthy smile.

It is important to stress the fact that we want you to be sure you always brush your teeth after each meal or snack. The reason for being so methodical about this is due to the fact that bacteria and debris from food can get stuck in your teeth. Once you place your aligners over it, it can cause the bacteria to grow and can lead to gum disease or cavities. Always care for your Invisalign aligners and you will be a happy person with a beautiful smile.