For anyone looking to straighten the teeth discreetly and quickly in a minimally invasive manner, the Invisalign treatment is proving to be a popular choice. This orthodontic treatment uses a series of clear braces called aligners to improve the bite and alignment of the teeth. Taking care of your aligners is as easy as getting an Invisalign treatment done. To know the right way to take care of your aligners, and the guidance we give our patients at the Invisalign Center in Dubai, take a look at the directions below.
Morning Aligner Care
When you wake up, the first thing you need to do is remove the aligners. Then rinse them with tepid water (never hot water as it can burn the plastic) and gently brush with a soft toothbrush. It’s best to have a toothbrush reserved for this purpose.
Use a little liquid antibacterial hand soap to clean the aligners. Never use coloured soap to clean as it may stain the aligners. At the same time, don’t use toothpaste or even the hard toothbrush you use for your teeth.
Abrasive particles from the toothpaste or the rough force from your regular toothbrush can scratch the aligners, leaving grooves that can trap discolouration and germs. Once you’ve cleaned your aligners, rinse them and put them on only after brushing your teeth normally.
Before And While Eating Or Drinking
Whenever you’re to eat or drink something, remove your aligners. If you don’t, the particles from the food and beverages you consume can cling to the aligners, causing stains and damages. When food particles get stuck in your aligners, they can also transfer to your teeth and gums, encouraging the growth of bacteria that create plaque.
Plaque is not something you can take lightly; when left unattended, plaque turns into tartar, which can be removed only through a professional’s help. Untreated tartar can lead to gingivitis which can develop into more periodontal disease.
Instead of dealing with all the hassle of plaque and tartars, make sure to remove your Invisalign aligners before eating or drinking.
Clean Your Trays When You Remove Them
Whenever you remove your aligners, wash them thoroughly. Only rinsing and soaking them in the water won’t prevent bacteria from building up in your aligners. Instead, consider using clear soap denture cleaners or even Invisalign cleaning crystals for cleaning purposes.
Practising a regular cleaning routine can help you prevent bacteria from building up in the aligners and, at the same time, prevent foul-smelling bacteria from getting attached to them.
And when you’re not wearing your aligners, keep them in a case, not in a napkin or a shelf where it’s prone to damage or being thrown away. You can also soak your aligners in a suitable aligner solution when not in use. This can prevent tough stains, debris, plaque and odour. Before you put it back, rinse it under room temperature water.
Bedtime Aligner Care
Follow the same morning care to your aligners during bedtime. Brush them and clean them using a suitable cleanser, soap or Invisalign cleaning crystals. While keeping your aligner soaked, brush and floss your teeth as you would normally. Then rinse the aligners and put them back before bed. Keep in mind that you need to wear the aligners at least for 20-22 hours per day to see effective results through an Invisalign treatment.