Patients beginning Invisalign treatment are well on their way to a beautiful, straighter smile. Invisalign straightens teeth without the metallic look of braces, but just because they’re invisible on the teeth doesn’t mean they’re completely maintenance-free. Failing to care for the aligners can result in discoloration and a buildup of bacteria, which can lead to oral hygiene issues. Putting in just a few minutes a day to care for the aligners will keep any smile looking straight and bright.
Rinsing the aligners after removing them is an absolute must to avoid a building up smelly bacteria caused by dry saliva and plaque. They should be soaked and cleaned regularly using the Invisalign cleaning system, denture cleaner, or clear anti-bacterial soap. They should also be brushed gently with a toothbrush each night to keep them looking and smelling fresh and clean. Invisalign aligners should never be brushed vigorously, or they may get visibly scratched.
Teeth should be brushed and flossed three times per day without the aligners to remove bits of food and other particles that get stuck between the teeth and the aligners. Failing to do so can lead to cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral hygiene issues. The aligners should also be removed for eating and drinking, but they should be worn a total of 20 to 22 hours per day, or as instructed by the prescribing dentist.
Invisalign should never be worn while eating or drinking anything except water, as many foods will stain the aligners or cause them to stink. They should be rinsed, soaked, and rinsed again before putting them back in the mouth, and they should never be left unprotected while eating, as this exposes them to bacteria and germs. Only Invisalign cleaners, clear anti-bacterial soap, and other cleaners specifically formulated for Invisalign should be used for cleaning; toothpaste and colored soaps can dull, scratch, discolor, or otherwise damage the aligners.
Invisalign aligners can help patients achieve a straight, bright smile without the use of annoying, heavy-duty braces. Call Guri S. Dhaliwal DMD at (925) 244-9770 or request an appointment to find out if Invisalign is right for you.