Invisalign braces are a great teeth-straightening option that utilizes clear aligners instead of brackets and wires. These aligners are completely customizable to your teeth and can be removed during sleep or when eating. Since they're practically invisible, Invisalign aligners are a great solution for teens and adults alike when it comes to oral health.
However, Invisalign aligners are very similar to regular braces in that the amount of upkeep is similar. Learn how to properly care for your Invisalign braces with this simple guide.
Brush Teeth and Trays
Just because you're taking care of your teeth with braces, doesn’t mean that you can cut corners on your cleaning routine. In fact, you may experience even more bacteria and buildup while your Invisalign braces are in use. To avoid excess bacteria and dental issues, be sure to thoroughly brush teeth before bed and when you wake up in the morning. It’s also essential to clean your trays at this time, as well. Unseen food particles and bacteria can easily get stuck in your aligner trays and result in cavities if not removed properly.
Rinse After Wear
Another way to care for your Invisalign braces is to rinse them after every wear. If you don't rinse them properly, build up from saliva and plaque is bound to occur. This could also cause a buildup of unwanted bacteria growth and harm the aligner trays. If rinsing isn’t cutting it, try gently brushing your trays with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This can help remove plaque, saliva, and bacteria buildup from the trays, all while protecting the integrity of the aligners. Use clear antibacterial soap only when cleaning. Scented or colored soap could cause discoloration of the trays or a strange taste when you put them in.
Regular nighttime care for your Invisalign trays includes soaking them using cleaning crystals or denture cleaner. Soaking ensures that bacteria doesn’t grow overnight. It also makes brushing excess plaque, food, and saliva from the trays a lot easier. After soaking overnight, brush gently and rinse before inserting it into your mouth for the day.
Establish a Routine
Utilizing all of the care methods above, create a cleaning routine that is easy to remember. Establishing a care routine for your Invisalign braces helps keep them in good condition so they’ll do the important job they were meant for. Proper care of Invisalign trays guarantees a quick turnaround for your perfect smile and keeps your teeth healthy.
Add these other care tips into your routine for the ultimate braces care:
- Schedule ahead with your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups during treatment.
- Set an alarm each morning and evening so you remember to properly clean your Invisalign trays.
- Properly prepare for any nights you aren’t at home so you can keep up with your cleaning schedule.
- Follow all instructions given to you by your dentist to promote a healthy, clean, and straight smile.
Your orthodontics team can get you started with Invisalign in Arvada, Thornton, Aurora, and Highlands Ranch, CO.