The Best Practices for Cleaning Your Invisalign® Aligners
Invisalign® is an advanced teeth straightening system that allows patients to improve their smile comfortably, conveniently, and discreetly. Invisalign treatment is completed in roughly the same timeframe as traditional braces, and produces comparable results. The primary difference is that Invisalign involves the use of clear plastic aligners, instead of metal brackets and wires.
Throughout Invisalign treatment, it is important that patients clean Invisalign aligners properly so that their teeth and gums remain healthy. Drs. Charles A. Robertson and Nicholas Perry Orchard go over the best practices for cleaning Invisalign aligners with our Corpus Christi, TX, patients so that they can enjoy successful Invisalign treatment.
Make Cleaning Aligners a Routine
One of the most important factors to consider when cleaning Invisalign aligners is consistency. Even the most careful cleaning will be ineffective if aligners are only cleaned occasionally. Patients need to make sure that cleaning aligners becomes a part of their daily routine.
Throughout the day, Invisalign patients need to get in the habit of removing Invisalign aligners prior to eating or drinking. Every time an aligner tray is removed, it should be rinsed with clean water. When a person is done eating they should brush or rinse their teeth before putting aligners back in place.
At least once a day, our Corpus Christi patients need to make sure their aligners get a thorough cleaning. This involves soaking the aligners and brushing away any remaining residue. Patients should try to clean aligners at the same time every day so that it becomes a normal part of their schedule. Many patients prefer to clean their Invisalign aligners before bed, but the morning may be better for others. Find a time that works best for you and stick with it.
Use Proper Cleaning Products
When cleaning Invisalign aligners, it is important to use the right products. Patients should be using cleaning solutions that are free of dyes and fragrance. Any product that is colored or scented could cause aligners to become discolored or take on an unpleasant taste or odor.
It is also important that cleaning products aren’t too harsh. Abrasive products, including hard-bristled toothbrushes, could scratch aligners and compromise their appearance. The best products to use are solutions formulated for Invisalign aligners; clear, unscented anti-bacterial soap; and soft-bristled toothbrushes.
Many of our Corpus Christi patients worry about cleaning Invisalign aligners properly, but it should become an easy and natural habit. These tips can be especially helpful to patients who are just learning the cleaning process:
- Carry a retainer case so that aligners can easily be stored when you are eating or drinking
- Plan to clean aligners at the same time you brush the teeth so that it fits into an already established routine
- Keep cleaning products together in one area so they are easy to access
- Don’t use hot water when rinsing aligners or they could become warped
- Don’t forget to keep the teeth clean
Invisalign aligners are discreet, comfortable, and easy to clean. If you would like more information about Invisalign and whether you may be an ideal candidate for this teeth straightening treatment, contact us at your earliest convenience. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Charles A. Robertson or Nicholas Perry Orchard by calling (361) 992-3011.