Invisalign, also known as invisible aligners, use clear guides to correct dental problems. The dental trays gradually and gently move your teeth into place and can be removed and cleaned using an Invisalign cleaner and water. There are a couple of dos and don’ts if you intend to maintain your Invisalign in great shape.
You should wear your Invisalign aligners for 22 hours a day. Wearing them continuously allows you to get the desired results, and wearing them for fewer hours may make it harder to see results. It would help if you only took them out when brushing, eating or drinking.
Plaque and bacteria are likely to accumulate in your aligners if you do not clean them regularly. You should ensure you brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and then rinse them with lukewarm water at least twice a day. It will help if you rinse your mouth as well as your aligners before putting them back on.
Food debris and liquids can easily get trapped in your aligners, and this debris will then sit against your teeth as saliva does not flow freely. This may lead to tooth decay. Brushing your teeth after eating or at least ensuring you rinse your mouth before you put your aligners back on goes a long way in preventing decay.
You should ensure you soak your aligners in Invisalign cleaning crystals or a denture cleaner every day. This will ensure they are clean at all times. Once you are done soaking them, you should clean them with a toothbrush to remove food debris or lingering plaque, rinse them then put them on.
Storing your Invisalign aligners, in that case, helps you avoid any damage that could come to them. Since they are clear, someone will likely throw them out or step on them unknowingly. This will backtrack your treatment, and you will incur an additional Invisalign cost as well.
It is essential to avoid eating or drinking with your Invisalign aligners except for plain water. Aligners are not built to withstand the pressure from chewing food. Eating or drinking with them can also lead to debris getting stuck between them, which puts you at risk of cavities or discolored teeth. Your aligners may also get stains which defeats the purpose of the treatment being invisible.
You should avoid leaving your aligners in the open air once you take them off. Leaving them exposed could lead to a build-up of bacteria, or you could quickly lose them. If you leave them exposed, you should soak them in a cleanser and rinse them before putting them on.
Avoid exposing your aligners to heat as this could affect the fitting of the trays and could impact the results you achieve. You should ensure you clean them with lukewarm water instead of hot water. If you are drinking a hot beverage or water, you should ensure you remove them.
Avoid the use of harsh cleaners or colored products when cleaning your aligners. Some products may damage or cause them to discolor. Toothpaste may cause scratches on your trays, making them more noticeable, a thing you are trying to avoid.
If you lose your aligners, you should avoid jumping to the next tray without consulting your orthodontist. Each set of aligners is designed to achieve a certain level of teeth movement, and each tray plays a vital role in your treatment plan. Your specialist will advise you on the next move depending on the progress your teeth have made. The orthodontist will recommend whether to move to the next tray or have your previous set remade.
Benefits of Invisalign Aligners
Maintaining traditional braces can be tricky as they may make it difficult to eat some foods. Cleaning them is also a hassle as food may get stuck between your brackets. Cleaning aligners is easier as you remove them when eating.
Metal braces require regular visits to the dentist to have your wires or rubber bands tightened. However, with the Invisalign treatment, you can get the trays needed for each treatment phase upfront. You, therefore, don’t have to visit the dentist as often.
Following the above guidelines allows you to achieve your desired smile with little to no hassle. It will also save you money as you do not need to make dentist or orthodontist appointments as often.