Taking Care Of Your Invisalign Properly
Whether you’re in the midst of your braces treatment, you’re open to options or you’re simply curious about what’s involved, our team of expert dentists in Nottingham can help you achieve your dream straight smile. Today, we’re focusing on looking after your Invisalign aligners, so you can keep them looking their best and ensure your treatment stays on track. Read on to find out more about taking care of your Invisalign properly.
Clean aligners regularly
It might sound annoying, impractical or even time-consuming, but a huge part of looking after your braces is to keep them clean. This can prevent unwanted bacteria and plaque from building up in your mouth and also ensures your Invisalign stays clear. Invisalign has its own cleaning solution (just follow the directions on the packet), or you can use a denture cleaner. You’ll need to:
- Soak your Invisalign every couple of days
- Dislodge food particles and bacteria with a soft-bristled brush
- Rinse every time you remove (and replace)
Your Invisalign aligners are clear – which can make them hard to spot when you take them out. Having a storage case is ideal, as it can keep them safe and protected from loss or damage when you aren’t wearing them. You can also use a storage case for on-the-go travel. Invisalign aligners can be expensive and tricky to replace and cause a huge disruption to your treatment. In some cases, you might need to go back or forward a pair, too.
Remove when necessary
Fancy a snack? A quick glass of wine? Freshening up with gum? Whatever you’re putting in your mouth, your Invisalign can become damaged and discoloured. Having a stained or yellowed set of aligners will make treatment much more obvious and if you’re chewing and biting while wearing your clear aligners, you could be causing cracks and breaks in the appliance that might then damage the soft tissues in your mouth.
Never smoke with Invisalign aligners
As a team of expert dentists in Nottingham, we discourage smoking for a whole range of reasons: addiction, gum disease, cancers, teeth staining and more. Just like your teeth can dull or yellow with smoking, so can your Invisalign aligners – so we’d recommend quitting if you can. We can help if you’re having trouble stopping.
Talk to our Nottingham dentists today