Invisalign clear alignersare, no doubt a great way for adult and teens to regain their confidence. However, the effectiveness of every Invisalign treatment process is strongly dependent on proper handling and care of your braces.If you just got your teeth straightened, the chances are that you may experience a little bit of difficulty in taking care of yourInvisalign clear aligners. So take care of your braces and transform your smile usingInvisalign clear braces in Birmingham at Acorn Dental.
Notwithstanding, here are some fantastic tips on how to easily care for and maintain your Invisalign braces.
1. Wear your aligners
In order to hasten your treatment process, you need to wear your Invisalign clear aligners for a minimum daily duration of 20 to 22 hours depending on your orthodontist specification.
You should only take off your aligners when you need to take your meal or brush your teeth; if this is not strictly adhered to, your treatment and recovery process may be slow and elongated.
2. Store your clear aligners in their casing.
We’ve had cases of misplaced aligners, which is why we recommend you store your Invisalign bracesproperly in their unique cases, especially when they are not in your mouth. In other words, once your aligners are removed from your mouth, they should be kept safely in their casing.
3. Brush and floss after meals
It is vital to floss and brush your teeth after eating to ensure your Invisalign clear alignersare clean. We know how difficult this may sound, whatever be the case, it is better than having food particles on your aligners.
When food particles are left on your aligners, it results in some yellowish and smelly particles on your aligners, which may at the same time impede your recovery and treatment process. In some cases, we recommend using the Invisalign cleaning system to clean your aligners. Toothpaste and brush can also be used to keep your aligners clean, although, frequent use of toothpaste is not advised.
4. Avoid greasy or staining drink
The condition of your Invisalign clear aligner is largely dependent on what you eat and drink. No doubt, they are not to be worn while eating, but what happens while having a drink? Thus, to ensure your Invisalign braces are in good condition, avoid certain drinks like coffee and red wine while your aligners are on.
Of course, your aligners may not affect your diet, but to ensure your aligners are clean and free from bacteria, avoid greasy intake while your clear aligners are on. However, once you are done, brush your teeth to avoid staining your aligners, before placing them back.
5. Beware of calculus on your retainers
Just like your teeth, retainers are often susceptible to tartar. Tartars appear in a cloudy white film-like form and are sometimes difficult to remove with a regular toothbrush. If incidents like this occur, you may need to soak the retainers in a cleaning solution to get rid of them.
6. Maintain good oral hygiene
We have been able to explain the benefit of cleaning your Invisalign clear alignersconstantly. However, the essence of good oral hygiene should never be compromised; ensure you brush your teeth regularly to avoid bacteria and plaque under your aligners.
Good oral hygiene helps to maintain healthy teeth as well as to mitigate the risk of cavities and decay. More so, proper cleaning of the teeth will avoid harmful particles from getting between your teeth and aligner, which may as well help to prevent other forms of dental issues
7. Ensure your aligners are properly attended to
To ensure your aligners are adequately attended to:
- Rinse thoroughly under running water whenever you remove them, to remove saliva and food particle
- the use of anti-bacterial soap to keep yourbraces clear and fresh from bacteria.
- Avoid using coloured soap that may stain your clear bracesto clean them.
Do you Need to fix your smile or need more information on maintaining your Invisalign clear braces? Contact us today to book an appointment.